Brazil coach Dunga explains why he left Liverpool pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino at home

Philippe Coutinho

The Liverpool playmakers have been left out of the most recent Brazil squad.

Liverpool currently have in their possession two of the most creative Brazilian attacking midfielders in football today. They signed Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim this summer in a massive deal to join up with Philippe Coutinho at Anfield.

But despite the obvious talent of the pair there is no place for either name in Dunga's latest Brazil squad.

Brazil take on Argentina and Peru next month and have left the pair out with the likes of Kaka, Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto getting the nod instead.

Dunga has now spoken about why the Liverpool pair are not involved.

He is quoted by Sambafoot as stating:

“You cannot leave an empty seat. If the guy comes in, sits down and plays well, he will remain in the squad.

“The players have to seize their opportunities.

"We have frequent contacts with all players.

"They have to pass all the information to us. We want contacts not to-have error, no mistake. We have to have the information at the right time to make the decision. When this is delayed for two days, it May be that something does not please everyone."

So it seems he is concerned about the fitness of the pair. That certainly makes sense regarding Firmino. The playmaker has only just returned to training this week because of a back injury.

Coutinho on the other hand only picked up a knock against Tottenham at the weekend and started v Rubin Kazan last night.

However he pulled out of the most recent Brazil squad and it could be that Dunga is calling upon more reliably fit players than the Liverpool maverick.

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