Liverpool ‘s decision to recruit Luis Diaz on the last day of the January 2022 transfer window could be very appropriate if you look at how the Colombian player acted in his first three matches with the Reds. Praise also came for the 25-year-old, especially after scoring a goal in the 3-1 win over Norwich City.
Luis Diaz is one of three Liverpool strikers who have scored in the match against the Canaries. The Reds recruited from Porto scored the closing goal in the match after successfully maximizing a through ball from Jordan Henderson.
Luis Diaz’s appearance with Liverpool has also invited praise from many people, from the Reds manager, Jurgen Klopp, to the legends of the club based at Anfield.
“We saw in the two games that Luis played, where he was absolutely outstanding,” said Jurgen Klopp after the win over Norwich City.
“Today he also worked hard, it was a difficult game, a complicated game. So stay on the pitch, stay in the game, show his true quality because we changed the system and brought Luis in the middle and Sadio played in his natural position.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also voiced his praise after the Reds’ 3-1 win over Norwich.
“He has been brilliant since coming here. His work ethic in training and in matches, as well as his quality when it comes to one-on-ones. His finishing as you can see is also very good. So I’m very happy,” said Henderson.
“Hopefully that will give him a confidence boost to keep going,” continued the Liverpool captain.
Praise also came from his compatriot, James Rodriguez. The Colombian, who had appeared in the Premier League with Everton, was happy to see his colleague performing well togetherLiverpool.
“I’m very happy with what he’s doing at Liverpool. He scored an incredible goal against Norwich and I hope he can do a lot of extraordinary things,” said James Rodriguez.
Liverpool legend is happy too
Meanwhile, the two former playersLiverpool, Paul Ince and Michael Owen, also gave positive opinion on Luis Diaz’s contribution to Liverpool.
“I saw him play against Leicester City and he looks like he’s been at Liverpool for four or five years. He fits perfectly. I’m sure he will get better and better, and Liverpool fans will love him. legend at Liverpool,” said Paul Ince.
I like the sharpness. He looks so fast, so lively, looks so pressing the ball. He has no problem running between the players and beating them,” said Michael Owen.
Liverpool ‘s newest signing in the transfer window last winter, Luis Diaz marked his presence at Anfield after scoring the first goal against Norwich, Saturday (19/2).
Luis Diaz scored Liverpool ‘s last goal when they beat Norwich City 3-1 at Anfield.
The Colombian started 90 minutes of game time before being replaced by Takumi Minamino.
He is on the right wing of the Reds and makes a new trio up front alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
The presence of Luis Diaz in Jurgen Klopp ‘s squad did bring fresh air to increase the power of the Reds .
However , his arrival could also be disastrous for other players who are in a position that can be played by Luis Diaz .
Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor feels the presence of Luis Diaz could put the futures of Naby Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain in danger at Anfield.
Agbonlahor even gave a warning to Chamberlain and prophet Keita following Diaz’s impressive performance.
Moreover, both of them currently only have one season left on a contract with Liverpool until 2023.
They are even willing to spend money in order to get players who have become targets.
But after that, Liverpool focused on the strength of the team so that sometimes they had a long enough time span not to spend on players.
In a Sportskeeda report , Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp wants to sign a player like Diaz next summer.
This will be a danger for Keita and Chamberlain who may have to fight for the main place.
“He can make a big impact,” Agbonlahor said of Luis Diaz to Football Insider.
“You can see why they wanted to beat Spurs for his signature, he’s a very interesting player.”
“They are now starting to add to the squad. Players like Keita, Chamberlain have to be very careful with their Liverpool careers .
“You have Diaz, players like Harvey Elliott come in and start in front of them. Liverpool will add more players like this in the summer,” he explained.
No Diaz, Liverpool in the last few seasons have produced young players who have survived to this day.
This was done in order to compete with Manchester City in the competition and the English League title .
Liverpool may be proud to end a 30-year fast to win the title, but consistency for the following season is still an obstacle.
Not only do Manchester City have 11 strong first-team players competing for the title, but players who are on the bench are almost as strong as the first team.
“Players like Keita and Chamberlain are fighting for their careers at clubs. There is no room in the Premier League to bring in players who are not at the same level.
“Man City have 21, 22 top-class players and Liverpool are closing that gap at the moment. They will close it even further with some top additions next summer.”
Naby Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain performance
Liverpool brought Chamberlain from Arsenal for a fee of 35 million Pounds in 2017.
He has scored 17 goals and 14 assists in 131 appearances across various competitions for Liverpool .
Meanwhile, Naby Keita joined the Merseyside team one season later with a tag of 52 million Pounds.
He has played in 96 games and contributed 15 goals.
Both have given the best performances for Liverpool , but over time due to injury factors and a lack of consistency, Chamberlain and Keita are often Klopp’s second choice in the starting XI.