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Reds midfielder harbors World Cup hope

Coutinho dreams of playing in the World Cup

By | 24th September 2013

Liverpool midfielder Coutinho has revealed his frustration with his current injury and has told reporters that it’s his dream to be called up for the Brazilian national team ahead of next summer’s World Cup in his home country. The 21 year old has only been capped once for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Selecao, and now curses that timing of his injury.

The midfielder has been sensational since joining Liverpool from Inter Milan in January, quickly becoming one of the club’s key players. The Brazilian picked up an untimely shoulder injury while playing for the Reds against Swansea City this month, and is scheduled to be out for at least another month. The injury means he will definitely miss Brazil’s next two friendlies against South Korea and Zambia, giving him limited opportunities to impress before Scolari names his final 23 for the World Cup.

“I dream of getting called up again for the national team, but it’s only up to me,” Coutinho said when asked about his hopes for next summer’s World Cup, according to the Mirror.

“Of course it’s bad when you get injured in a moment like this, but this is football.

“I have had a set-back and my concern is being fully ready as soon as possible. If I play well, things will happen naturally.”

Coutinho will also miss tomorrow’s Capital One Cup clash against Manchester United, while striker Luis Suarez is set for a much anticipated return after his ten match ban. Coutinho has made four Premier League appearances for the Reds this season, but is without a goal or an assist after a string of 1-0 wins off goals from Daniel Sturridge.

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