The Liverpool star has described the Barcelona midfielder as “one of the best players in the world” after his performance against Bolivia
Brazil opened their 2022 World Cup qualification with a 5-0 win over Bolivia in the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paolo on Saturday.
Marquinhos opened the scoring before Firmino hit a brace to bring the Selecao under full control of the competition before the 50-minute mark.
A Jose Carrasco own goal and a header from Coutinho added glamor as the five-time world champions tensed their attacking muscles after a long break from international action.
In addition to his goal, Coutinho was involved in most of Brazil’s best attacks as he got off to a brilliant start to the 2020-21 season.
The 28-year-old returned to Barcelona earlier this summer to prove himself after being loaned to Bayern Munich. He seems to be rediscovering the form in which he emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting midfielders in Liverpool.
Firmino, who played alongside Coutinho at Anfield between 2015 and 2018, celebrated his compatriot after his last show FIFA.com: “He’s phenomenal.
“You just can’t say he’s not a wizard. He has magical powers. He produces pieces that don’t exist and that cannot be invented.
“You always have to watch repetitions of his games to understand what he’s done. He’s an amazing player. It was a pleasure to play with him in Liverpool and a pleasure to play with him for the Selecao.
“I’m a big fan of his. He’s one of the best players in the world. ”
Parisian Saint-Germain superstar Neymar also showed a lively performance against Bolivia, recording two assists and 109 ball touches and completing a total of 18 dribbles.
“Another incredible player, he was brilliant against Bolivia,” Firmino said of the 28-year-old. “He came back to mark a lot and he did amazing things with the ball.
“There are no words to describe Neymar.”
One man who couldn’t make it to Brazil’s most recent game was Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, who is currently out with a serious shoulder injury.
Firmino continued to lament the absence of his Anfield colleague, who he believes has proven to be the best shot stopper in the business in recent years.
“For me he’s number one. I’m not just saying this because he’s my team-mate, “added Firmino. “The things he does on the pitch are incredible. He has already done a great job for the Selecao.
“And off the pitch he’s a sensational guy. He’s a great person, a great friend, someone I get along really well with. ”
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