Luis Diaz had the BT Sport pundits weak on the knees after the Liverpool winger saved their quadruple hopes towards Villarreal.
The Reds booked their place of their third Champions League closing in 5 years on Tuesday night time. Villarreal proved harder opponents than many had anticipated after Liverpool steamrolled by means of the primary leg.
Certainly, Liverpool had been two objectives down and stage on mixture at half-time. Klopp’s males had been in determined want of inspiration they usually found it through Luis Diaz from the bench.
The Colombian’s power and attacking menace instantly bought Liverpool on the entrance foot. Finish product was additionally current with Diaz notching Liverpool’s second on the night time to successfully put the tie to mattress.
And talking on BT Sport after the match, pundits Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen and Peter Crouch all waxed lyrical concerning the January signing.
Firstly, Ferdinand put Diaz within the body for signing of the season – regardless of the very fact he solely arrived three months in the past.
“Diaz was the distinction maker,” stated Ferdinand. “His capability to go one v one… He got here on and was mesmeric.
“His dribbling, how he unnerves defenders, his trickery… He’s a superb participant and one in every of – if not the – signing of the season for me.
“His team-mates love him and the power he’s giving off.”
Luis Diaz doing what no others have – Owen
Owen was equally greatly surprised by Diaz and claimed that Klopp should now make him an everyday starter for Liverpool.
Owen stated: “I’ve by no means seen a man are available and hit the bottom working like him.
“To choose up the best way Liverpool play right away like he has is unbelievable. And now there is no such thing as a query about it, he’s a starter.”
Fellow ex-Liverpool striker Peter Crouch rounded out the reward by describing Diaz as a “full recreation changer”. He additionally concurred with Owen’s sentiment about Diaz beginning matches any further.
“Luis Diaz modified the sport,” stated Crouch.
“He was implausible as quickly as he got here on. An entire recreation changer.
“To come back out and play the best way they did within the second half – they’re deservedly within the closing. They’re on the verge of greatness. There are legends throughout this soccer membership and this lot are proper up there with them.”
Concluding that Diaz should begin within the closing, Crouch added: “Within the closing, he begins.
“He’s are available and invigorated the entire dressing room.
“I spoke to Jurgen Klopp about him and he says he enjoys his soccer on daily basis.”