By Dominic Toner
Roberto Firmino was an unused for Brazil on Wednesday – and Liverpool fans reacted with mixed thoughts on Twitter to the news.
The five-time World Champions recorded a comfortable 2-0 win against Venezuela, with Gabriel Jesus and Willian scoring the goals.
Firmino, 25, was not introduced into the game by manager Tite, but his Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho did start the World Cup qualifier.
Brazil also defeated Bolivia 5-0 during the international break and Firmino netted after coming on as a second-half substitute.
The attacker has made 12 appearances for his country to date, scoring five goals in the process.
Liverpool supporters feel that Firmino should have been included in the strongest starting XI, with talisman Neymar missing through suspension, but are pleased he will return fully fit.
Here are a selection of the messages:
@Zizouology what's Firmino have to do to get into this team
— BillyLFC (@bi11yLFC) October 12, 2016
Coutinho and Firmino both fine after Brazil's game last night. Coutinho played 83 minutes and Firmino an unused sub. Get them home!
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) October 12, 2016
Firmino will be fresh now for the united game as he was an unused substitute vs venezuela and coutinho was withdrawn after 82mins #LFC
— Jonathan Fowler (@JonathanFowle10) October 12, 2016
@SabrinaV13 Firmino should've started IMO
— Beppe Jr. (@juvecoco) October 12, 2016
Firmino dropped? ffs https://t.co/foUdlzO1e2
— Nishank (@nishlfc) October 11, 2016
— Sebastián Peláez (@PelaezPro) October 12, 2016
Liverpool host great rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday.
Firmino has been in excellent form this season and manager Jurgen Klopp has opted to deploy him as the central striker.
The forward has scored four goals in his first eight games this season and has been keeping out Daniel Sturridge in recent weeks.
The Merseyside club are now regarded as serious title contenders and are currently fourth-placed in the league.
In other Liverpool news, their former chief claims he was sacked over a £20million signing.