Diego Simeone included midfielder Juan Manuel Sanabria in Atletico Madrid’s squad to face Celta Vigo on Saturday.

AS states the Uruguayan has become the third non-EU player to be included in the roster following the departures of Nehuen Perez and Santiago Arias.

The outlet also gives a background about Liverpool’s past interest in the 20-year-old ace and why the Reds failed to sign the youngster.

Andrea Berta, the La Liga side’s chief fell in love with the youngster back in 2016 and made three trips to South America to watch him and seal his transfer in 2018.

The Merseyside outfit even invited him to the club and the talent trained with Liverpool’s youth team. According to the report, the PL winners ‘came close to stealing’ the player.

However, the Uruguay Under-23 international was clear that he wanted to join the Spanish outfit, which is why he chose Los Rojiblancos over the Reds.

Sanabria has represented the Spanish heavyweights at various youth levels and was regular for their B team last campaign.

Meantime, Liverpool and Tottenham could reportedly battle for the signature of Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips during next summer’s transfer window.

The 24-year-old midfielder has impressed for the Whites in the early stages of the 2020-21 term and has also worked his way into the England set up, earning caps versus Wales, Belgium and Denmark this month.

Phillips only signed a fresh long-term deal with Marcelo Bielsa’s side last year’s September and still has four years left to run on his existing contract with last season’s Championship winners.

However, according to The Mirror, he is expected to spark a scramble at the end of the term, and both the Reds and Spurs are in the hunt for the £50m-rated midfielder.