Video: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho nets superb solo effort on international duty for Brazil

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Philippe Coutinho was on hand to fire Brazil to a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Mexico.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho netted a wonderful solo effort as Brazil overcame an understrength Mexico side 2-0 in Sao Paulo.

The Reds’ Player of the Season was called up to Dunga’s provisional squad for the upcoming Copa America and was in determined mood to make his mark.

It was only Coutinho’s seventh international appearance but his relative lack of experience did him no harm as he notched his first goal for his nation in quite stunning fashion.

With the scoreline locked at 0-0 midway through the opening period, the Reds’ playmaker sold Mexico’s Hugo Ayala a beautiful dummy before firing past Jesus Corona from a tight angle.

It was the sort of imaginative play which supporters at Anfield have become accustomed to and a goal which will without doubt boost the former Inter star’s reputation among Premier League observers.

Despite only scoring five Premier League goals all season, his drive and intricate attacking play has impressed pundits, with Thierry Henry previously singing his praises in the British tabloid The Sun.

With Raheem Sterling possibly leaving Merseyside promptly, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will see Coutinho as his side’s main man and a good Copa America could prompt further improvements.

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