Neymar likely to be fit in time for World Cup

Pele has backed Neymar to take his'second chance at this summer's tournament in Russia

Pele has backed Neymar to take his'second chance at this summer's tournament in Russia

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Pele's first World Cup triumph and the former Santos forward still remembers the emotion of being called up to the squad as a 17-year-old. He said last week he is still recovering following surgery but expects to be fit in time for the World Cup from June 14 to July 15.

And, on Monday, Anfield was confirmed as the venue for the first of Brazil's two World Cup warm-up matches that month.

"There is still a month left, but I am recovering well", Neymar said.

The game will form part of both teams' warm-up to this summer's highly anticipated FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I can not play in the next World Cup but I feel good", he said with a hearty laugh.

And Pele, a three-time victor of the World Cup, hopes Neymar takes advantage of "a great opportunity" for worldwide glory.

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"I am confident because Tite, the new coach, now (has) had a little time to set up the team".

Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer of Liverpool Football Club, said: "We are delighted to welcome two world-class teams to Anfield". Tite is a very good coach, but he doesn't yet have the team working together. Brazil and Croatia will meet in Liverpool two weeks before their opening World Cup matches in Russian Federation.

"Always we select the biggest names [as favourites], like Argentina, Italy, England, Spain", he said.

The Brazilian Football Confederation says the warmup will be on June 3 at Anfield.

President of the Croatian Football Federation, Davor Suker, added: "Brazil is the most attractive team in the world, and it makes me proud that the Croatian Football Federation has managed to agree this spectacular match in Liverpool". I said "Daddy, don't make a joke". "I started to cry, because it was a big surprise to me".

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