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Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been assured by a compatriot that missing out on the World Cup this summer would not be a decisive influence on his international career.
The 21-year-old has proven a sublime performer since joining Liverpool in January 2013, prompting and creating from an advanced midfield position within Brendan Rodgers' team.
A look at his international statistics show just one senior appearance for the South American giants, however, and that occurred in a friendly more than three years ago.
But Lucas Leiva, who has recently re-established himself within Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad, regularly speaks to his younger colleague about retaining a long-term vision.
"It shows just how difficult it is to be in that squad," the No.21 told the Liverpool Echo. "I always speak about it with Philippe.
"Of course he's desperate to be there but he's still very young. He will have three or four World Cups ahead in his career.
"I tell him I am sure he will be a very successful player for Brazil one day. I know he's got all the skills and qualities to be there.
"I want him to be in the squad as well but he just needs to be patient and keep doing what he's done for Liverpool.
"If he's doing well for Liverpool then at some point he will have his chance."
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