Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has suggested to the Liverpool Echo that his team will need to be on their guard against the threat of Joao Felix tomorrow.
The Portuguese wonderkid missed the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano through injury but is back in contention for the clash at Anfield.
Felix has netted six goals and registered two assists this season, following his £113 million switch from Benfica in the summer.
The 20-year-old looks set for a bright future and Klopp knows his team must react to his presence tomorrow evening.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “Wow. Young and skilled, a nice combination. We saw the last game, they looked intense after a long break, tomorrow they will be too.
“We need to keep them busy where they don’t want to be.
“He has speed, creativity and a football brain. He can cause us problems.”
Felix has had a stop-start first campaign in La Liga, picking up a sprained ankle and a muscular problem during 2019/20.
He has already played six games for the Portugal national team but is yet to score for the senior ranks.
At Benfica, he netted 20 goals in 43 appearances and his game offers far more than simply sticking the ball into the net.
It will be interesting to see what strategy Atletico adopt on Merseyside. Their one-goal advantage is slender, but they are the masters of the dark arts when it comes to seeing out a win.
With Felix in the attack, Simeone will know his team will have plenty of attacking threat to throw at Liverpool’s defence.
Sitting deep could be risky and the luxury for Atletico is that should they score one, Liverpool will need three to progress to the next round.