2019 Copa America hosts Brazil kicked off their campaign with a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in the early hours of Saturday.
The Samba boys were without the injured Neymar, but Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho stepped up in the absence of the Paris Saint-Germain man, bagging a brace, with Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino providing one of the assists.
Brazil were at the receiving end of boos from some of their fans following a goalless first-half, but things soon changed after the restart.
Coutinho opened the scoring after converting from the spot, and was in the right place to finish a brilliant cross from Firmino for his second goal.
The performance of the former Liverpool star, who struggled at club level last term, and his brillant link-up play with the Reds striker got many Anfield faithful wishing he never left in the first place.
Here is how some Liverpool fans reacted to Coutinho’s performance against Bolivia:
Watched the Brazil game and it was a real shame that Coutinho left us. Firmino and his link up play is unbelievable and would furthermore boost Liverpool to the highest level possible. But he made his bed in forcing a move and now he has to lay in it. #CopaAmerica #BRAxBOL #LFC
— Zack John (@ZackJohnLFC) June 15, 2019
Never lost any respect for #Coutinho he had dreams they didn't work out for him at Barca but if he is available and we can get him back then do so he can turn fans views around i think hes class #lfc #liverpoolfc
— Smithy__11 (@TehSmiithy) June 15, 2019
— Misho Hisham (@MishoHisham4) June 15, 2019
— Brendan McGovern (@nbadrafter) June 15, 2019
I know Coutinho is unlikely to come back, but what I wouldn’t do to see them play together again in a Liverpool shirt https://t.co/p8J4quGIjM
— Waseem Jin (@JinWaseem) June 15, 2019
Coutinho should never have left Liverpool FC.#CopaAmerica
— Sumit (@odysseus_17) June 15, 2019
That's how Liverpool Boys Do..
Firmino x Coutinho link up 🔥💯 https://t.co/XVSlcTtRlv
— Jovi Edgal (@EdgalJovi) June 15, 2019
Coutinho could return a legend at Liverpool l. It's time to come home
— GoalMouthFC (@GooalMouth) June 15, 2019
Coutinho tap in from a Firmino assist, liverpool days ! pic.twitter.com/iM6olupt38
— Aditya Gyawali (@aditgyawali335) June 15, 2019
The 27-year-old left Merseyside for Barcelona in the January of 2018 for £142 million, finishing 2017-18 with a La Liga and Copa del Rey winners’ medals to his name after weighing in with 10 goals in 22 appearances.
However, Coutinho struggled last term, scoring 11 times in 53 appearances.
The Brazilian would have been left to rue leaving Liverpool after helplessly watching as his former side overturned a 3-0 first-leg loss to Barca in the second-leg of the Champions League semifinals at Anfield with a 4-0 victory.
The former Inter Milan midfielder will hope to put last term’s disappointment behind him by leading Brazil to Copa America glory, but some Liverpool fans are still wondering what would have been had he remained on Merseyside.