Philippe Coutinho says he is still dreaming of playing for Brazil at this summer's World Cup.
Coutinho has enjoyed an excellent season at Liverpool, playing a key role in their title challenge in the Premier League, but he has not featured for his country since making his debut in a friendly under former coach Mano Menezes in 2010.
"I still dream about it [the World Cup] and I'm working hard to prove I deserve my chance, but I know there's a lot of tough competition."
At 21, he may have to look ahead to the 2018 World Cup if he misses out this summer, but he said: "I'll certainly be more mature, but I would still have to work hard to earn a place in the selecao. Anyway, 2018 is a long way away. I prefer to focus my attentions on 2014."
Coutinho appears to be competing with Chelsea star Willian for a place in Scolari's squad for this summer's tournament.
"I think we're on the same level," he added. "Willian is a great player and has shown that here."
Coutinho, who Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013, feels he has improved as a player since moving to Anfield.
"The atmosphere here is fantastic," he said. "The players here welcomed me and that was essential in terms of speeding up my adaptation. Also, I think the playing style here suits me."
Asked whether Reds captain Steven Gerrard had assisted his development, he replied: "Sure. He is a great player. He knows all there is to know about playing in midfield. He helps me a lot. We are always sharing ideas."