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Spiky Diego Simeone comments could hand Liverpool rare 113m
เวลา:2022-11-18 22:52

Amid a difficult period for Atltico Madrid, Diego Simeone has hit out at one of his own players. Liverpool might sense a perfect transfer opportunity.

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Only two players Neymar and Kylian Mbapp have ever cost a bigger transfer fee than João Flix, but things have never felt completely smooth for the Portugal forward since he signed for Atltico Madrid.

Signed for 113m from Benfica in 2019,Flixhas struggled to live up to his price tag in Spain, but he is a top talent and is still only 22 years old.

Flix perhaps made a mistake in joining a team that is often not set up to his strengths, while this campaign, Atltico Madrid find themselves 15 points behindReal Madridin La Liga, though they do have a game in hand.

Now, Flix has caused controversy by suggesting he knows what the problem is but didnt wish to disclose any more details on specifically what that might be.

I dont know. There are a lot of reasons, I cant tell you one, Flix toldThe Athletic. We know what is happening, but I prefer not to talk about that.

His manager,Diego Simeone, was not particularly impressed with the comments, as you might imagine.

About what João said, you can ask him, he said. I work according to the team. If he is clear about what the problem is, it would be good to know.

That relationship seems strained and there are reports that Atltico could cut their losses on Flix come the summer, accepting that the transfer has not yet worked out.

Flixs defensive numbers do not scream out as being suitable to Liverpools game, but that could easily be down to the team he plays for the and setup that Simeone employs.

Luis Surez is no slouch when it comes to work rate and his numbers are even worse, whileMatheus Cunhasnumbers have dropped off since he moved from Hertha Berlin to Atltico last summer.

What is clear, though, is that Flixs ability to dribble and spot a gap in a defence could be something that Liverpool could find appealing as a possible Roberto Firmino successor.

It would depend on Flixs desire to prove he can add the work rate to his game that is required to play forJrgen Klopp, but the Portugal international has the kind of quality and close control that Firmino offers in possession.

His twisted and turning on the ball is reminiscent ofFirminoat his best, he can play in all three forward positions but is best through the middle, and has 22 goals and 12 assists in 97 appearances in the Spanish capital.

Not turning 23 until November, Flix is eight years younger than Firmino. Looking like he could be on the move this summer for considerably less than the money Atltico paid for him three years ago, Liverpool should be tempted.

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