Philippe Coutinho is well on his way to becoming one of the stars of the season, with both Liverpool and Brazil.
The 24-year-old playmaker has been on fire in the Premier League, registering five goals in five assists for the table-toppers, and is evidently intent on carrying his form into the national set-up.
Brazil were in World Cup qualifying action against old foes Argentina on Thursday night, with Tite’s side looking to move another massive step closer towards Russia 2018.
Half an hour into the game, up popped Coutinho to open the scoring in a somewhat emphatic fashion…
— Magician Coutinho (@LFC_Coutinho7) November 11, 2016
The midfielder picked the ball up on the far edge of the Argentinian box, cut inside and drove unstoppable shot past Sergio Romero in the opposition goal to open the scoring for the seleção.
Brazil added two more goals in the second half, firstly from Neymar just after the restart before Paulinho ended the tie as a contest with half an hour remaining.
Coutinho was hailed as one of the best players on the pitch at the final whistle, as his season just gets better and better for both club and country.
Messi: “Coutinho’s goal stunned us.”
Everybody is talking about the magician ?
— TheCoutinhoRole™ (@TheCoutinhoRole) November 11, 2016
Tite had predicted that Coutinho would become a huge part of his team going forward, and that appears to be coming true.