Yesterday Liverpool romped home against Preston North End in a friendly match to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of Bill Shankly at Deepdale.
And while the debutants were getting all the attention, especially the impressive Iago Aspas, one player who really stood out was Brazilian playmaker Phillipe Coutinho.
The talented young maestro impressed in the final few months of last season after signing from Inter Milan and he looks like carrying that form into the new campaign.
I have already made my feeling on Coutinho very clear. Those feelings, as an Everton one, are feelings of borderline insane envy and green eyed coveting.
What a talented little player they have on their hands.
And I genuinely believe that, allied with the transfer business done this summer, Liverpool could be fighting for Champions League places once again next summer.
And if they do I would go out on a limb now and state Coutinho’s early credentials for picking up PFA Player of the Year; that is how good I think he can be fitness permitting.
That type of form should also help the 21-year-old realise his dream before the seasons end.
"Of course, it's the dream of every player to represent their country and it's not different for me. I have this dream, this aim, but I try to think only about Liverpool and having a good season, learning and evolving in my career. Then if I get an opportunity, I'll make the most of it."
And I cannot think of a better place for him to be playing in order to get the recognition he needs to earn a spot in the Brazilian national team.
Considering Oscar for example at Chelsea; if Coutinho outperforms him in the Premier League next season it would be very difficult for Luiz Felipe Scolari to ignore the player who has only ever featured for Brazil once in an unofficial friendly against Iran.
He is obviously up against some fierce competition but looking at players in the triumphant Confederations Cup squad there is no argument that Coutinho is at least the equal of Jadson, Oscar and perhaps even Hernanes or Lucas Moura.
At Liverpool he is going to be a regular starter and not only that; but the focal point for most of their attacking play. If he continues on his current trajectory his performances in that role should make him a shoe-in for the World Cup in 2014.
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