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Liverpool's Internationals Matchday: Lucas and Brazil Face South Korea with Kolo Toure in Action Later in the Day

Lucas makes his return to the Brazil national squad, while Kolo Toure and Cote d'Ivoire face Senegal in the first leg of their CAF playoff qualifier.

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Yesterday's flurry of action gives way to a much slower day on the international front, with only a handful of matches for national sides other than those involving Liverpool players. There's lower league action across Europe to follow, however, and plenty to follow in domestic leagues in the Americas as well. ESPNFC's schedule page has a full fixture list for the day, including the matches we'll be paying attention to with a vested Liverpool interest.

Full previews for all today's action from a Liverpool point of view can be found here.

South Korea v. Brazil
12:00PM BST/7:00 AM EST

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An otherwise meaningless match is worth watch for those hoping to see Lucas work his way back into the full Brazil setup ahead of the World Cup. The holding midfielder had faded from the national team picture through injury and the dismissal of Mano Menezes, but encouraging--if a little overzealous at times--showings in Liverpool's early season have led Phil Scolari to give Lucas another chance. That there's little on the line should play into Lucas' favor, as he'll likely be given a healthy amount of time to prove that he should be among the picking come next summer.

Ivory Coast v. Senegal
6:00PM BST/1:00PM EST
Watch: BT Sport (England)


Kolo Toure's excellent run of form at the back for Liverpool has him in the mix again for Cote d'Ivoire, who face Senegal in the first leg of their CAF playoff qualifier. The dream of seeing the Toure brothers together again is only going to be realized if Kolo manages to make his way into the eleven again, as Yaya is a nailed-on starter and probably won't be headed to Liverpool any time soon. Unless he is, in which case this is just a nice primer for the future. I think.

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