Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed “outstanding” new signing Luis Diaz who joined from FC Porto for a reported €60m move on Sunday 30th January 2022
The Colombian winger has seen his stock rise in the past year, following an impressive first half of the 2021-22 season, where he scored 14 goals for Porto in the league. Luis Diaz also finished as the top scorer at the 2020 Copa America.
“I could not be happier that we’ve been able to get this deal done and bring Luis to Liverpool,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
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“I have always been a believer in only signing players in January if you would want to sign them in the summer, and that’s very much the case with Luis. He is an outstanding player and someone we’ve been tracking for a very long time.
“We believe he has everything needed to fit into our way and adapt to the Premier League, both physically and mentally. He is a player who is hungry for success and knows you have to fight to get what you want. He is a fighter, no doubt. He’s a skilful team player who has always the goal in mind.
Reflecting on the danger Luis Diaz posed when he came up against Liverpool for Porto in this season’s Champions League group stages and how it infuenced his signing.
He continued, “This team deserved to add quality and when we played against Luis earlier this season, we saw what a danger he is, how fast he is and how his mentality was to help his team.
“We know Porto is an outstanding club who nurture players in the best possible way and provide a brilliant football education. They are a class club and, I have to say, have been tough negotiators.“
Luis Diaz, who will near the number 23 shirt at Liverpool, could be handed his debut against Cardiff in the FA Cup fourth round on 6 February, although he will have only just returned from international duty in South America.