The Impact that Luis Diaz has had at Liverpool so far

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Jacob Walstow

The Impact that Luis Diaz has had at Liverpool so far

Luis Diaz looked all but certain to join Tottenham in the January transfer window, but, a late swoop by Jurgen Klopp saw the Columbian move to Anfield for an initial fee of £37 million on a five-year contract.

Making a fast start for the Reds, Diaz looks set to be a part of the future for Liverpool alongside Diogo Jota as Liverpool begin to plan for life after Salah, Mane and Firmino. But what made Klopp take the plunge to sign the winger and who could he end up replacing on the pitch in Merseyside?

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How Diaz impressed at Porto

Starting his career in his native Columbia, Diaz had success at an early stage, winning the Columbian top-flight title with Atletico Junior and earning his first Columbia cap in 2018. This led to interest from Europe, with Porto eventually gaining his signature for a €7 million fee.

In his first two seasons in Portugal, Diaz settled in well with 34 goal involvements in 89 games. This equated to trophies on the pitch, with a league and cup double in his first season plus a run to the Champions League quarter-final last campaign, only losing to eventual winners, Chelsea.

It was the first half of the 2021/22 season, however, where Diaz took on a starring role at Porto which led to his move to the Premier League. In 27 games for Porto, Diaz had 22 goal involvements, including 16 goals, equating to a goal involvement every 101 minutes. Averaging 3.5 shots per game, it means that Diaz has a shot conversion rate of 35%, one of the highest seen in Europe this season and highlighting one of his key strengths, his finishing.

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Diaz’s Playstyle & Why He is a Perfect fit for Liverpool

Breaking down his style of play, it’s clear to see why Diaz took Liga Nos by storm. Playing on the left-hand side, predominantly as a left midfielder, but also in a forward position, the majority of goals this season by Diaz were scored with his right foot, with 8 of his 14 goals in the league. With most of these finishes claimed by cutting in on the inside, a key partnership with Andy Robertson seems inevitable in Liverpool's future successes.

Robertson is renowned for his one-two ability with his fellow teammates on the left-hand side, and Diaz’s strong attributes of holding onto the ball and passing could make a match made in heaven. Despite being 5ft 10, Diaz also has a huge presence when the ball is floated into the box, scoring three headers for Porto in the league. This will have been a crucial aspect for Liverpool signing him, who have scored a league-high of 11 set-piece goals so far this season.

In his first two games for Liverpool, Diaz has begun to show the Anfield faithful why Klopp had been targeting the South American for a few transfer windows now. Scoring his first goal for the reds in their 3-1 victory over Norwich last weekend, as Diaz showcased his ability to run through defences and beat the keeper one on one. The Columbian’s turn of pace and ability to find a teammate with a pass has been evident as well in appearances against Inter Milan, Leicester City and Leeds United.

Could Diaz be a Long Term Replacement for Mane?

In the long-term, Diaz looks to be the perfect replacement for Sadio Mane but even at this point in his fledgling Liverpool career, Diaz’s performances will be forcing Klopp to think over the Senegalese former guaranteed starting place.

So far this season, Diaz's offensive stats trump Mane’s averaging more key passes and dribbles a game, 2.7 and 3.7 in comparison to Mane’s 1.3 and 1.6 respectively. This would be a key asset for a Liverpool side who pride themselves on their swift and decisive attacking movements. A part of his game where Diaz will have to improve is his tracking back ability, especially with Liverpool’s defence vulnerability of being caught out high up the pitch.

Just over a month into his Liverpool career, Luis Diaz is making a promising start to his time in English football and will look to make his mark in the Premier League in years to come.

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