In summer 2019, Liverpool was in the race to sign Felix from Benfica but they had to drop off because of the massive transfer fee placed on the young forward.
Thereafter, Atletico Madrid signs Felix on a seven-year contract and they paid a Schoking transfer fee of €126 million (£113 million). The fourth highest sum ever paid in football and also Atletico’s most expensive transfer in history.
Joáo Felix is currently the second most expensive teenager in Europe after Mbappe, but the 21-year-old couldn’t express his talent in the initial two years spell at Wanda Metropolitano. Moreover, Joao Felix also didn’t play a huge role In Atletico’s title-winning season.
He has scored 19 goals in 81 appearances which does not measure up to his massive transfer fee. With Luiz Suarez, Angel Correa, and the returning of Antoine Griezmann, Felix finds himself in a tough competition for a spot in the starting 11.
With experienced players in the side and the young Portuguese who still has five years left in his contract, Atletico is planning to loan the 21-year-old wingmen in the January 2022 transfer window. Just like 2019 Liverpool are once again linked with Felix.
Steve McManaman on Felix joining Liverpool
Former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman believe that the Reds should make a move for Joao Felix. As he feels Jurgen Klopp would get the best out of him.
Joao Felix is one of European football’s most talked-about prospects. But he’s found it difficult to find his best form in Spain.
I think that goes without saying that the style of football Liverpool plays would suit him better than his current club Atletico Madrid’s.
It’s an easy one. Atlético Madrid doesn’t play to his strengths and Liverpool may do.
Felix missed the start of the season after a fractured ankle consigned him to the sidelines. He has only managed to start three of Atletico’s eight La Liga matches this season. Felix is yet to register a domestic goal or assist in the current season so far.
If Liverpool brings the young prodigy to Anfield, it will defiantly give Klopp more options to pick his best 11. Thus, it will also help in increasing the depth in the Reds current squad.