Neymar admitted he is still not quite at 100 per cent despite finding the net in his first appearance in over three months on Sunday, just 11 days before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. Neymar returned the favour and wrote something on a Brazil shirt for Modric to keep. "I was expecting much less".
He joined Jesus and Willian in attack, with Coutinho dropping into the midfield place vacated by Fernandinho.
Speaking after the game, Jesus congratulated Roberto Firmino on his goal as well as his season with Liverpool. After Casemiro put the ball in the penalty box, Firmino controlled with his chest and sent the ball over Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic to step up his challenge for a starting position in the team.
Before Neymar's brilliant opener, Croatia might have struck first when Ante Rebic's header forced a fine save from Alisson.
Meanwhile, Neymar scored a brilliant goal on his return from injury as Brazil defeated Croatia 2-0 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup global friendly match.
Neymar's introduction at the start of the second half drew an enthusiastic reaction, from the Anfield crowd and his team-mates alike.
"I'm here to help Selecao", he told SporTV.
The striker also thanked local fans for their support, saying "it is good to play at home".
Until Neymar stepped onto the pitch it was Croatia who had the best opportunities in a match that seemed headed for a boring draw. "If I were the manager there, I would try to sign him too".
It always seemed unlikely he would be fully match fit in time for Brazil's opening Group E match against Switzerland on June 17.