Coutinho back at Anfield as Real Madrid stars mock Reds

Coutinho back at Anfield as Real Madrid stars mock Reds

Coutinho back at Anfield as Real Madrid stars mock Reds

As Neymar was signing the Brazil shirt (before Modric did the same) you can here the Croatian say "We're waiting for you, eh" and the Brazilian responds with a smile.

Neymar's strike was a rare moment of quality in a match in which both sets of players seemed eager to keep injury risks to a minimum, with less than two weeks to go until the start of this year's World Cup finals.

A broken metatarsal spelled the end of the striker's season at Paris Saint-Germain, after impressing with a glut of goals in Ligue 1 following his world-record switch from Barcelona.

Neymar marked his first appearance since February by scoring the opening goal to help Brazil to a 2-0 victory over Croatia at Anfield Sunday afternoon.

The five-times world champions have one more friendly before the tournament, against Austria in Vienna on 10 June.

"Neymar is only human, but he came back above my expectations too", Tite said.

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"By the third, fourth or fifth game then he will be back to his level", added the Brazil coach.

The match will mark the first time Coutinho has played at Anfield since he left Liverpool in the January transfer window, with the midfielder pushing for and then completing a move to Barcelona.

Brazil captain and No. 9 Gabriel Jesus was replaced by Firmino after an hour.

However, one positive for the future for Croatia is that they do still have Mario Mandzukic to come into the team and perhaps provide the finishing they need for the World Cup.

Operating a high defensive press to try and stop Brazil at the first opportunity, Modric pushed further forward off the ball coming in line with Andrej Kramaric to form a two-man defensive attack.

Defender Dejan Lovren had the best chance to open in a header that grazed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson's right post after a corner.

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