Jurgen Klopp decided to let Luis Diaz sign in January to the bench in the face of Liverpool’s 0-1 defeat and it was a move that backfired, prompting the German to decide to move on.
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A Lautaro Martinez rocket is shown to be the sole objective of the game when Liverpool was discarded for lack of a spike.
The Reds got past Samir Handanovic’s goal, touching it three times, but something was wrong with Liverpool’s attack.
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Something that could happen is the absence of a £50m signing in January, who was left to settle for a place on the bench.
It has always been a challenge for Luis Diaz to replace one of Liverpool’s dreaded three fronts Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota on arrival, but he managed to secure a starting spot.
Since joining Porto in January, the Colombian has enjoyed a fantastic start at Merseyside, fueling a Liverpool forward that already has plenty of potential.
On Tuesday night, Diaz again emphasized his importance to the Reds – this time through his lack of selection.
The fact that Klopp took the risk of not allowing Diaz to kick is a testament to the impact of this winger. However, that is exactly what it was.
In recent weeks, the 25-year-old has seized his chances, largely due to Jota and Firmino injuries, thus giving Klopp quite a headache.
On Tuesday, the German went with the tried and tested trio of Salah, Mane and Jota, but the move backfired; Liverpool are somewhat inferior first.
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The Reds lacked an element of unpredictability in their attack for much of the game – that became even more apparent when Diaz finally arrived.
In his belated appearance, Diaz shone once again, turning and sending Inter defenders out before being denied the chance to score Liverpool’s belated equalizer after a heroic final strike. by Arturo Vidal.
In fact, the former Porto man is looking for little by little the “special” player that Klopp spoke to shortly after signing.
“We like everything about him so much,” the Reds boss claimed earlier. “I’ve been following him for a while – exceptional. Skill and personality.
“I’m really happy we were able to bring him in.
Klopp added: “We expect a lot from him in the future.
“Now, yes, but in the future too. I have a feeling that this will be a really good story for Luis at Liverpool.”
There’s no denying a deal for Diaz happened earlier than planned and if that’s not some Premier League Rivals ramped up efforts to poach him in January, Liverpool fans may have had to wait until next season to see him in red.
However, aside from his swift move, his emergence as a key player suffered the same fate.
Although he was clearly bought for the future, Diaz is presenting Klopp with a dilemma in the present: Liverpool look like a much more lively team with the £50m man in the mix. their squad.
The German’s decision to remove the Colombian from his starting lineup backfired tonight, but it didn’t cost anything.
Going forward, Klopp may not be so lucky.
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