Internationals: Firmino receives Brazil call-up, following Kaká injury

Liverpool's in-form Brazilian has been called up to Dunga's side, after originally missing out on a place for Seleção.

Internationals: Firmino receives Brazil call-up, following Kaká injury
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After netting Liverpool's equaliser in their first Premier League victory at Selhurst Park since 1997, Roberto Firmino's Sunday afternoon got even better as he recieved an international call-up from Brazil manager, Dunga.

The 24-year-old creative midfielder had originally missed out on a place in the squad for the Seleção's World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay, however an injury to veteran midfielder Kaká, has resulted in a return to the side for Firmino.

The Brazilian's composed finish after capitalising on a goalkeeping error against Crystal Palace was his seventh goal of 2016 and initiated a comeback which saw Christian Benteke net a 96th minute penalty to secure victory for the Reds.

The in-form player stated after the game that his current performances are "(his) greatest moments at the club," and his four assists along with seven goals make him the Premier League's most effective player of the calendar year.

Firmino celebrates his well-taken equaliser against Crystal Palace on Sunday (CONMEBOL.com)
Firmino celebrates his well-taken equaliser against Crystal Palace on Sunday | Image: CONMEBOL.com

Sky Sports' pundit, Thierry Henry, was full of praise for Firmino after the Palace game. Discussing if the Reds' £29million summer signing could help Liverpool to a Premier League title in the future, the Arsenal legend said "Is he the guy whose going to make Liverpool win a title? I don't know," before admitting that "he is doing extremely well."

Henry then added "If he can build a partnership with Phillipe Coutinho, who knows?"

The former-Hoffenheim man will join his Liverpool teammate, Coutinho in the Brazil squad and will be hoping to add to his 11 caps for the Seleção. Firmino, who signed for Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool whilst representing Brazil at the 2015 Copa América, scored his last goal for his country in that tournament during a 2-1 win over Venezuela. Brazil's match against Uruguay takes place on 26 March and represents an opportunity for Dunga's side to overtake their opponents in the CONMEBOL qualifying table.