This Tuesday night sees Liverpool take on Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. Looking ahead to the game, Jürgen Klopp has praised the ‘outstanding’ Joao Felix.
Although Atletico Madrid pose a particular threat in that they are nigh on impossible to score against at times, the Liverpool squad will be relishing the opportunity to play at the Wanda Metropolitano again having won the Champions League there last June.
The hosts have struggled domestically this season and currently find themselves in 4th place in La Liga with just one win in their last five.
In their defence, Atletico have had a torrid time with injuries of late. Klopp is well aware of their fitness struggles and has highlighted that Joao Felix could make the difference if he is cleared to play.
The Madrid side signed Felix over the summer in a £113m deal, although he hasn’t quite hit the heights of expected of him this season he is still full of potential at just 20-years-old.
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The Liverpool ECHO reported the admiration Jürgen Klopp has for Joao Felix and who he will look to for advice on stopping him, with the German quoted as saying:
“I have the same opinion as 99% of people in the football world, he is outstanding, what a talent he is.
“He combines pretty much everything. Some of our coaches, Pep (Lijnders) and Vitor (Matos), I think they worked with him when he was a kid (at Porto). I will ask them.
“He is a football intelligent guy on top of that with his movements. The package is really, really interesting.”
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Jürgen Klopp is right to be wary of Joao Felix.
Whilst the Portuguese 20-year-old has only netted two league goals following his megabucks move from Benfica, he always has moments of magic up his sleeve.
He is only young, he is a mercurial talent. We just need to hope that he doesn’t pull out one of his world beating performances on Tuesday.
Fingers crossed his slight frame proves too timid for the monstrous might of Virgil van Dijk.