Lucas: Coutinho’s time for Brazil will come

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Liverpool's young magician has found it hard to break into his country's side, but just needs to be patient according to his Anfield teammate.

Philippe Coutinho won his sixth cap for Brazil against Chile on Sunday, and though he struggled to make an impact in the game, just like he has struggled to win minutes for his country, Liverpool teammate Lucas Leiva is confident the skilful ex Inter man will eventually make his mark for the South American nation.

Lucas knows what it's like to be on the fringes of the Brazilian side, having made just 24 appearances for his country since he made his debut in 2007.

The former Gremio man himself was a young player of much promise, though has had various injuries and spells of disappointing form play their part in him failing to add to that figure, but the 28-year-old knows that despite Coutinho playing in a competitive position for Brazil, the Liverpool playmaker is close enough to the team to begin to add to his own few caps. 

Coutinho has 5 goals and 5 assists to his name this season for the Reds, including key strikes against Southampton and Manchester City, leading Dunga to pick him for the Brazil squad for the games against France and Serbia. But the Liverpool star was on the bench for the 3-1 win in Paris, and played just 60 minutes against Chile at the Emirates.

"It's a difficult one because there are a lot of players that are in his position, which is a hard thing for him, but he will get his chances," Lucas told the official Liverpool website.

"I think being there with the national team and being, I would say, the 12th player at the moment is a big thing for him. The experience he is getting, he will get minutes.

"He has already shown here at Liverpool and also in the international team what he is capable of doing. You have Willian, Oscar and Neymar - all players who are in a good moment. Brazil is recovering from the World Cup and they are playing very well at the moment.

"That makes it even harder for Phil, for example, but I'm sure he will be in the national team for many, many years and he will end up being one of the key players, for sure."

At just 22, Coutinho is still at the beginning of his football career, but after seeing his stock rise in a series of impressive performances at Anfield, it's difficult to imagine anything but success for the attacking midfielder, both at club and international level.

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