Liverpool international round-up: Firmino features for Brazil in comfortable thrashing of USA

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino came on as a half-time substitute as Brazil put USA to the sword in a comfortable 4-1 friendly win in Massachusetts on Tuesday night. 

The Reds' No.11 replaced Hulk at the break, with his country 1-0 up thanks to an early goal from the Zenit Saint Petersburg winger, before a second-half brace from Neymar and Rafinha's strike gave them victory at the Gillette Stadium, despite Danny Williams' stoppage-time consolation for the home side.

23-year-old Firmino took up a role upfront and was unfortunately denied what would have been his fifth goal in 11 games after Brad Guzan's fine save from a one-on-one situation.

Otherwise, the versatile forward was bright and energetic in his role, as he continues to build his fitness following a disappointing Copa America campaign with Dunga's men.

Club team-mate Philippe Coutinho didn't feature in the States, after earning a cap in the Seleção's 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Saturday, which Firmino watched from the bench.

Reds to return to Melwood for training 

Earlier in the same night, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner both played for England as they continued their perfect qualifying record against Switzerland, whilst Martin Skrtel featured for Slovakia in a goalless draw against Ukraine.

The Brazilian pair now fly back to England to begin preparing for the weekend's trip to rivals Manchester United in the Premier League, though Coutinho is out through suspension after being dismissed in the final game before the international break.

It brings to an end a largely uneventful break for the Reds, with none of Brendan Rodgers' charges having picked up injuries on their travels - though Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson remain doubts for the showdown at Old Trafford this Saturday.

Firmino, who has started the last two consecutive games, is likely to get the nod in one of the attacking midfield positions if Lallana remains out alongside Coutinho.