In March, Liverpool will face Atletico Madrid with a one goal deficit to overturn. The Reds will be confident of progressing but it will certainly be a tough task. We believe that Joao Felix starting in the next leg would benefit Liverpool.
Tuesday night was a disappointing one to be a Kopite.
The Reds fell to an early goal at the Wanda Metropolitano with Saul Niguez tucking away after the ball fell to his feet thanks to a ricochet off Fabinho.
Thereafter the hosts sat back in a low block and allowed Liverpool possession, with The Reds finishing the game with 73% of the ball.
It was a frustrating night, the referee was all too willing to blow up for the Spaniards’ play acting.
However, we do have to applaud how impressive Diego Simeone’s side performed defensively, there are few better at holding out for a result.
If Joao Felix starts the next leg against Liverpool then we may be able to capitalise on his naivety.
The 20-year-old has had a difficult first season at Atletico but is still tipped to be one of the most impressive players of his generation.
With the Spanish side set to dig in and hope not to concede at Anfield, Joao Felix could prove a weak link in their rearguard.
The Portuguese prodigy lacks the experience of Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata, he is also less likely to track back and demonstrate the same aggression in the tackle as his fellow Atleti strikers.
Certainly Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez would rather be pressured by the nippy Joao Felix than the burly Diego Costa.
With The Reds needing to break down the lines to grab their goal, having a weak link in the first line of defence would benefit Jürgen Klopp’s men greatly.