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Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho vows to fight for place in Brazil starting XI

Creative Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has said that the strength in depth that Brazil have at their disposal makes nailing down a regular first team spot difficult, but he vowed to do his best to ensure that he gets one, Goal.com reports.

The 23-year-old was omitted from Dunga’s Selecao squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru this week, but is aware that the manager was rather spoiled for choice (via Goal).

Coutinho hasn’t been involved with the national team since September’s 4-1 victory over the USA, and made a cameo in the 1-0 win over Costa Rica. However, Goal highlights that Coutinho was initially left out of the squad for those two games, but was later called up due to injuries to Oscar and Ramires.

He was then forced to withdraw from the side in October for meetings with Chile and Venezuela due to a groin injury, but quickly worked his way back to fitness in time for Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Liverpool (via Goal).

And speaking about missing the latest round of games for his country, Coutinho told Goal: “I think Brazil is too big when it comes to football.

“We have so many players. It is tough to choose only a small number when we produce so many stars, so to stay in the team is very difficult.

“I am disappointed when I am not part of the national squad, because I love playing and contributing for my country,” added Coutinho.

“But whether I get the call or not, I continue working really hard and pushing myself to improve.

“I am still young and I know I will still have many chances so I have to make sure I’m ready to take them. I will get to my best and give my all for Liverpool and if I’m selected for Brazil again, I will fight to stay in the team.”

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