"It's a bit tight, but you look great!" Philippe Coutinho (l.) has been squeezing into a children's size 176 replica home shirt for Bayern Munich. - © getty images
"It's a bit tight, but you look great!" Philippe Coutinho (l.) has been squeezing into a children's size 176 replica home shirt for Bayern Munich. - © getty images
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Philippe Coutinho down with the kids at Bayern Munich in children's size home shirt

Philippe Coutinho might be one of the biggest stars of the modern game, but fans can buy the same Bayern Munich shirt he wore to score his hat-trick against Werder Bremen in the club shop.

Bayern's kit supplier, adidas, provided the Bundesliga champions with all their shirts for the first half of the season before Coutinho completed his loan move from Barcelona in the summer.

None of the special 'authentic' shirts - which are lighter and dry quicker than the 'replica' shirts fans usually buy - fit the diminutive Brazil international.

That meant the 5'6" former Liverpool man has had to wear a child's size 176 jersey in every home league game this season, including for his Man of the Matchday performance against Bremen last Saturday when he chipped in with two assists to go with his stunning three-goal haul in a crushing 6-1 win.

It was the 27-year-old's most prolific 90-minute return of his career, and took his 2019/20 tally to seven goals and as many assists in his 21 games for Bayern across all competitions.

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Bayern’s 'authentic' away and UEFA Champions League shirts do fit Coutinho, who will have a home counterpart to complete the set come the start of the Rückrunde, but not before donning his junior jersey for one last time.

The record champions - who won 3-1 at Freiburg on Wednesday - host Wolfsburg in their final match of the calendar year at the weekend.