Liverpool have received some positive news regarding their Champions League round of 16 clash against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
The meeting has been billed as a battle of defence vs attack with Diego Simeone making his name as one of the most pragmatic managers in the business, but the latest update could prove crucial at the other end.
Joao Felix, who cost Los Rojiblancos a mammoth £113m in the summer, has been ruled out of their biggest game of the season so far through illness.
Goal have reported that the 20-year-old starlet has contracted the virus pharyngotonsillitis, which will seem him unable to feature at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
That news means that the Portugal international joins both Hector Herrera and Kieran Trippier in being unavailable, with the England defender missing out on a clash against his former rivals.
The former Tottenham man cost the club £20m in the summer, and he has gone on to impress after what was a difficult season in north London.
The World Cup semi-final goalscorer is currently recovering from his recent groin surgery, with Herrera also struck down with illness.
Jurgen Klopp has offered fans an update on the fitness of his own side before the match, and he is feeling positive.
“Good, exactly the same. All on board and available, cool,” the German told Liverpoolfc.com.”
Before adding of the match-up: “Atletico is a very physical team, very well organised and all that stuff.
“Counter-attack, a lot of individual quality, good set-pieces.
“It’s not a massive turnaround, it’s just the job to do and we like that.
“Thank God we are kind of used to that meanwhile and we are really looking forward to it.”
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