By Will Butcher
Liverpool fans are mightily impressed on Twitter with playmaker Philippe Coutinho after he starred for Brazil on Wednesday night.
The 24-year-old shone in his country’s 5-0 demolition of Bolivia, toe poking a shot into the net from eight yards out as well as setting up Liverpool teammate Roberto Firmino to score from a superbly taken corner.
Brazil’s win keeps the pressure on leaders Uruguay in the South American World Cup qualifying group, as Tite’s men sit second out of eight countries on 18 points from nine outings.
Coutinho has been in dazzling form this term for the Merseyside giants, scoring four goals in eight league and cup encounters as well as setting up another three strikes in assists.
Liverpool fans are delighted for their playmaker, who earned his 17th cap for Brazil with the win against Bolivia last night.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Addicted 2 Football (@GenericFootball) October 7, 2016
Coutinho and Firmino score for Brazil! Now thats what makes us Liverpool fans proud.
Thats why we call Coutinho a magician! #Proud
— Gaurav Kapoor (@GauravKapoor93) October 7, 2016
— Make Us Dream Brasil (@MakeUsDreamBR) October 7, 2016
Congratulation for Brazil. Firmino & Coutinho fly high…
— Ikhlas Muslim (@RiadyMM) October 7, 2016
Brazilian legends #YNWA
— JK (@jazkandola) October 7, 2016
One fan though is worried that Barcelona star Neymar’s presence around Coutinho could be a distraction, as speculation continues to circulate over a potential move to the Spanish champions.
don't know why tho but I don't like seeing neymar around coutinho he might convince to leave us for Barcelona
— D'BOSS™🍁 (@Olushegz) October 7, 2016
Coutinho’s impressive performance for the Samba Boys comes after manager Tite described the Liverpool star as a “magician”.
Brazil face Venezuela away from home on Tuesday, and a win could bring them within touching distance of qualification to 2018’s tournament in Russia.
In other Liverpool news, Jamie Carragher has had this to say about a senior Liverpool player.