Despite having a huge impact on the current Liverpool team and being possibly their best player, Luiz Felipe Scolari has seen fit to snub the former Inter Milan star which means he won’t be playing for his country this summer.
It’s a remarkable decision considering international football is an industry based around selecting players who are bang in form and hence, most likely to replicate that form for their country.
The only doubt Coutinho may have had when he was mulling over his move to Anfield is the impact it would have had on his international career, which so far has seen him earn a single senior cap.
Those fears would have been eased because of the impact he’s had with Liverpool, which has seen him installed as an instant crowd favourite and a player who is quickly becoming indispensible to the club.
He offers goals as an attacking midfielder but it’s his assist tally which is the reason he should have been named in Brazil’s squad for the Confederations Cup and friendly matches this summer.
He has seven assists in 12 Premier League games which is a higher number than plenty of other similar midfielders have been able to accumulate throughout the entire season.
It’s a bit confusing to try and work out just how much more he can give in order to force his way into a very talented Brazil squad.
A slight criticism is perhaps that he’s not scoring as many goals himself in Premier League games but Brendan Rodgers has no reason to change the way he’s currently using the midfield maestro.
Other Premier League players have missed out such as Rafael of Manchester United and Ramires of Chelsea but it’s Coutinho which is the most astonishing exclusion because of the impact he can have on the attack of the side.
Oscar of Chelsea has been included but Coutinho is just as effective when it comes to playing at the top of a midfield or just in behind the striker, with the only reason for Oscar getting in ahead of Coutinho having to be the fact he’s had a full and consistent season under his belt.
It shouldn’t bother Liverpool because Coutinho now has the chance to rest and relax ahead of the new season over playing a higher number of games which would have risked injury, increased his fatigue and lengthened the amount of recovery time he would have gone through.
It’s just remarkable considering Coutinho in his position is the best in the Premier League and possibly Europe at the moment.
Has he been treated unfairly?
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