Despite returning from a dislocated shoulder and recently scoring the winning goal against Manchester City in a Premier League six-pointer the Brazilian head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari had already been in Hoffenheim the same week - checking out Roberto Firmino.
A similar player, one who has been linked with a £12 million move to Anfield, who has been in great form - it seemed he had leapfrogged Coutinho in his World Cup thoughts.
However that does not seem to be the case.
In quotes reported by Sambafoot it appears that Scolari is in fact happy to consider anybody for his World Cup squad this summer.
He is reported to have said:
"Any Brazilian player has a chance of being drafted. Everyone is being watched."
"I see it as a stairway really. You play good football, then you play for a good team and then you achieve the level where you are invited to play for the Selecao - and then you have a good World Cup."
However, as soon as hope was raised, a reminder from Big Phil came when reportedly asked specifically about the Liverpool maestro:
“We have our team set. Doubts are passed to you to continue arguing, but we already have our team set."
It appears that there might just be place in the squad for one or two surprises - but the team itself appears to be set in stone.
But with Liverpool in a Premier League title battle, and Coutinho finding his best form, he might just be able to pull it off.