Liverpool FC’s little magician Philippe Coutinho will captain the Brazilian national team when they play Argentina in Melbourne on Friday night. 

With no Neymar JR. to lead the Brazilian team out in Melbourne on Friday night, Philippe Coutinho has been given the honour of captaining his beloved Seleção against Argentina.

Dubbed ‘Superclásico de las Américas’ (Super Derby of the Americas) by fans, this match is often one of the most star-studded, talent-packed games of international football possible. Both sides possess genuine stars of the game and while Brazil have opted to rest a number of their first choice picks, their expected lineup still includes the likes of Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus, Chelsea’s David Luiz and of course, our little gem himself; Philippe Coutinho.

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Argentina, of course, will be captained by none other than Lionel Messi and it’s thought that Angel Di Maria and striker Mauro Icardi will complete their deadly attacking lineup. Interestingly, Sergio Aguero was not selected by manager Sampaoli.

Despite the game being tagged as a friendly, it’s likely it will be anything but. The two sides boast a total of seven World Cup wins and 12 World Cup final appearances between them and games played between the two often promise to be fiery affairs that feature lots of goals – 13 have been scored across the last 5 meetings between the two.

The game will be available to Liverpool FC fans on LFCTV and LFCTV GO and will kick off at 11.05am BST. For those in Australia wishing to watch the match, you can catch it on 9GO! – or on Nine if you live in Melbourne – with the pre-game show starting at 7.30pm and kick off getting underway half an hour later.

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