Playmaker has been a revelation since joining the Reds earlier this year.
Liverpool midfield player Philipe Coutinho says that he is still hopeful of being a part of the Brazil squad for next summer’s Fifa World Cup finals which are being held in his homeland, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.
The occasional Brazil international has been in eye-catching form ever since he first moved to Anfield from Serie A giants Inter Milan during the January transfer window, with the Merseysiders able to snap the 21-year-old up for a cut-price fee of just £8.5 million.
However, despite the twinkle-toed playmaker having registered three goals in his first 13 Premier League outings for Brendan Rodgers’s outfit in the second half of the previous campaign, and then also starting this season in equally captivating form, there has still be no contact whatsoever from Brazil national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari regarding a possible recall to the five-time world champions’ squad.
And with the clock slowly beginning to tick down between now and when next summer’s global show-piece event gets under way in June, time is definitely starting to run out for Coutinho to add to the solitary cap that he won for Brazil in a friendly against Iran three years ago.
“I still think there is plenty of time for me to try and be part of the team,” said Coutinho.
“It’s always going to be difficult because there are a lot of players who play in my position who have been given their chance and are playing very well, but there is a lot of football to be played before the World Cup, so you just have to try to impress for your club until then. My main focus has to be on Liverpool and then see if anything develops.
“I have no idea if anyone is watching me from the Brazil national team but the best way to have a chance is to do well for Liverpool.”