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Philippe Coutinho Relishing Anfield Return, Brazil Star Says

Philippe Coutinho Relishing Anfield Return, Brazil Star Says

"Neymar is going to have ups and downs like he had in training until the third, fourth game (on his return)".

Croatia's goalkeeper Danijel Subasic (L) reacts as Brazil's striker Neymar celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the worldwide friendly football match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield in Liverpool on June 3, 2018.

Brazil "improved in the second half after Neymar made the difference". Real Madrid's scout will be observing from the stands.

He needed just 23 minutes to prove how important he is, not only to Brazil's hope of a sixth world title but also for the millions of fans who will watch the World Cup hoping the planet's most expensive player can take a leading role.

Boy, that's Neymar at his best.

Neymar marked his return from injury with the first goal in Brazil's win over Croatia at Anfield.

Croatia's high tempo created first-half chances for Dejan Lovren and Andrej Kramaric.

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The Paris Saint-Germain star, who entered the fray at half-time, provided a moment of star quality after 69 minutes before Roberto Firmino, on his home ground, lobbed home a stoppage-time second. After Casemiro put the ball in the penalty box, Firmino controlled with his chest and sent the ball over Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic to step up his challenge for a starting position in the team.

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"It is attractive to watch him play again, he is special, one of the best in the world", Modric said.

Coutinho's departure from the Reds in January to join La Liga champions Barcelona left a bitter taste in a number of Liverpool fans' mouths.

Brazil face Austria in their final pre-World Cup friendly on June 10 before taking on Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E in Russian Federation.

The sublime strike leaves Neymar on 54 goals for his national team, one behind Romario, who is third on the country's all-time list, and with only Pele and Ronaldo ahead of him in the Brazil record books.


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