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Liverpool: Jamie Redknapp lauds ‘skilful’ Luis Diaz

Liverpool: Jamie Redknapp lauds ‘skilful’ Luis Diaz -Liverpool News

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp was eulogising about Reds winger Luis Diaz ahead of the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Tuesday. 

The lowdown: Pressure maintained

Jurgen Klopp’s side were able to keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought three points against Steven Gerrard’s Villa.

Goals from Joel Matip and Sadio Mane were enough for the travelling Reds on a night marred by a hamstring injury to Fabinho that will need further assessment as confirmed by the club post-match.

After Klopp made the decision to leave superstar forward Mohamed Salah on the bench from the outset, Diaz took the plaudits from pitch-side during the build-up…

The latest: Redknapp waxes lyrical

Speaking during Sky Sports’ pre-match coverage, ex-Anfield man Redknapp hailed the latest arrival on Merseyside.

The 48-year-old said: “He’s so skilful, it’s so great to watch. There’s absolutely no fear when he plays football.”

In truth, this was one of the 25-year-old Colombian’s quieter nights as the winger completed 2/4 dribbles, made one key pass and provided the assist for Mane’s match-winner. He registered just 36 touches – one fewer than goalkeeper Alisson – whilst earning a 6.90 rating before being replaced on 72 minutes (Sofascore).

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The lowdown: Sensational impact

Signed for an initial £37million during the January transfer window (Sky Sports), few could’ve predicted the instant influence Diaz would have on Klopp’s plans, and it’s little surprise the likes of club legend Robbie Fowler have called him ‘wonderful‘.

Diaz already has nine direct goal contributions in 22 appearances for Liverpool and has been nothing short of a revelation for the Reds, giving the entire season a whole new outlook following his arrival.

Overall, the former FC Porto man has completed 2.3 successful dribbles on average per game, highlighting Redknapp’s point as Klopp unleashes another type of attacking weapon.

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Already a trophy winner with the Carabao Cup success against Chelsea under his belt, Diaz could add an FA Cup and UEFA Champions League medal in the coming weeks to make the dazzling attacker one of the most decorated players in the club’s recent history just months after his move.

In other news, Liverpool have been boosted by a fresh transfer update. Read more here.


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