Roberto Firmino & Philippe Coutinho named in Brazil squad for November

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Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho have been called up to Tite’s Brazil squad for their upcoming clashes in November.

Brazil take on Argentina (November 10) and Peru (November 16) as they look to seal their place in the World Cup in 2018.

Tite, who took over from Dunga in June, has overseen four victories in his first four games as manager, most recently against Bolivia and Venezuela in the October international break.

Firmino and Coutinho both scored in a 5-0 win over the former, and this has clearly established them as regular fixtures under the 55-year-old.

Both have been included in Tite’s latest squad, marking a second consecutive call-up for Firmino, who was previously overlooked by both Dunga and his successor.

Manchester City‘s Fernandinho and Chelsea‘s Willian are the only other representatives from the Premier League, though Gabriel Jesus, Brazil’s new star striker, will officially join City in January.

Firmino and Coutinho will also be joined by the likes of Dani Alves, Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Douglas Costa and Neymar, as well as former Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis and ex-Tottenham Hotspur man Paulinho.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 1, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first equalising goal against Swansea City during the FA Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With both Firmino and Coutinho set to depart for duty next month, Jurgen Klopp will be left without two of his key men as he continues training throughout the break.

The German was able to call upon the likes of Loris Karius, Joel Matip, Lucas Leiva, James Milner, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can and Danny Ings at Melwood during the last interval.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren were also present, undergoing treatment for injuries.

Firmino and Coutinho both returned fully fit after their time with Tite’s squad, and both started in the Reds’ 0-0 draw with Manchester United, before going on to star in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Klopp will be hoping for a similarly positive break for his key men, with Liverpool set to take on Southampton away after the break on November 19.

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