Sunday, 18th August, 2013
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has shelved the thought of returning to Brazil at the start of 2014 in a bid to grab a spot in Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup squad.
Brazil is set to host next year's World Cup and Coutinho has dropped out of the senior squad reckoning, meaning there is the very real possibility he will miss out on the opportunity to be involved in the major tournament on home soil.
The former Inter man will be without the chance to impress Scolari in the Champions League, with Liverpool not having qualified.
And Coutinho was asked by Brazilian daily Estadao whether he could return to Brazil on loan at the start of 2014 to catch Scolari's eye, especially if Liverpool are not fighting at the top of the Premier League.
"I am not going to think about that now", he said.
"Liverpool are strong and I am sure we will have a great season."
Coutinho did admit however that he still dreams of playing at the 2014 World Cup.
"I have not had the opportunity to speak with Scolari, but I know that he is aware of everything that happens in world football.
"Of course, I dream of getting back to playing for the Selecao. Competing in the World Cup is a dream I have, but I know I first have to show good form with my club.
"I don't think the door to the national team is closed. It is up to me."
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