Cafu praises Liverpool's Coutinho, snubs Chelsea's Brazilian international

Cafu overlooked Brazil starter Oscar when praising his countrymen's Premier League efforts.

Two-times Brazilian World Cup winner Cafu watched Liverpool's win over Tottenham yesterday, and took to Twitter to praise Jon Flanagan.

The full-back also took time out to respond to questions from fans, including one which quizzed him who the best Brazilians had been in the Premier League this season.

Clearly impressed by Liverpool's 4-0 win, Brazilian playmaker Coutinho was namechecked by the former Selecao captain.

During his Inter Milan days, Coutinho won a cap for Brazil in a friendly in Iran in 2010, but has not featured for his country at senior level since, playing an under-20 game 12 months later.

His performances for Liverpool surely have him on the cusp of a recall, but the man who holds his position in the Brazil side is Oscar.

The Chelsea attacker has not shone in recent weeks, netting just two goals in his last 10 Premier League games, both in the 6-0 win over Arsenal. He does however have more goals this campaign than Coutinho.

PlayerTeamGoalsAssistsPassing Accuracy %Mins
Oscar Chelsea 8 2 82.55 1,949
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool 4 6 79.94 1,991

Oscar is just a year older than the Liverpool man, and will go head to head with Coutinho in a possible title decider when the two teams face off on April 27.

If Coutinho makes his mark in the must-win encounter and puts Oscar in the shade, he may just become impossible for Phil Scolari to ignore when it comes to a call-up this summer.

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