By Jack Malone

Liverpool fans were in for a treat last night as star forwards Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho lined up together for the Brazilian national team.

The home side were heavy favourites against a Bolivia team who had failed to win a qualifier away from home since 1993 and they did not disappoint, romping to a 5-0 win with the Reds duo both on the score sheet.

Neymar opened the scoring with a simple tap-in to take his tally for the national team to an outstanding 49 goals in 73 appearances.

Coutinho was then on hand to double the lead, poking in after a neat cutback from Giuliano, before Filipe Luis notched the third.

Gabriel Jesus added the fourth inside the 45-minute mark, the soon-to-be Manchester City forward continuing his excellent goal scoring form with a cheeky dinked finish.

The Brazilians understandably eased off in the second half but there was still time for Firmino to mark his return to the international set-up with a header from Coutinho’s corner with 15 minutes remaining.

The victory sent the 2014 World Cup hosts to second spot in the South American qualifying group, from which four teams will qualify automatically.

Firmino and Coutinho will both hope to be involved in the upcoming qualifiers and will have done their chances no harm with well-taken goals in this one.

Their performances didn’t come as a surprise to Reds fans on Twitter, who were generally pleased to see the pair receive the international recognition they deserve, although some seemed worried about their fitness with the derby against Manchester United on the horizon.

Here are some of the best tweets:


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