During Liverpool’s match in opposition to Nottingham Forest, which ended 3-0 in favor of the ‘Reds’, there have been solely indicators of assist and backing for Luis Daz and the sophisticated private second he’s going by.
It wasn’t solely the followers who appeared to assist the Colombian, however Jurgen Klopp too.
The context is kind of sophisticated, because the mother and father of the winger from La Guajira had been kidnapped on Saturday 28 October, whereas they had been travelling in a van by the city the place they’ve all the time lived. Though the police authorities reacted in time and managed to free ‘Lucho’s’ mom, his father was compelled onto a motorcycle and brought to an unknown vacation spot.
For that reason, Diaz didn’t play the sport on Sunday 29 October and lots of questioned what was going to occur at Anfield.
Diogo Jota changed Luis Diaz and devoted his objective to the Colombian.
The match was essential for Liverpool to not lose the rhythm and to not let themselves fall additional behind Tottenham within the Premier League, nevertheless it was identified that the match was loaded with feelings unrelated to the game.
Due to the state of affairs involving Diaz, with the Colombia worldwide unable to make the squad, his place was taken by Portugal’s Diogo Jota.
The primary objective of the sport was scored by the identical participant who took Lucho’s place, after half-hour and after gathering a rebound within the Nottingham Forest space. However as an alternative of celebrating, he instantly went to the staff bench to ask for the shirt with the quantity 7 and the title ‘Luis Diaz’ on the again.
When he acquired it in his arms, he held it out in entrance of the group and the tribute was emotional, a lot in order that the group in attendance gave him a standing ovation that touched many. Even the narrator of the ESPN Latin America broadcast, Juan Manuel ‘el Bambino’ Pons, didn’t carry out certainly one of his normal songs to reward the scorer, he solely had a respectful remark about ‘Lucho’.
The objectives saved coming, then Uruguay’s Darwin Nunez made his presence felt on 35 minutes with a strike.
Within the 76th minute, Mohamed Salah‘s objective made the rating 3-0, and each the celebration and the narration on ESPN had been regular however the tribute to Diaz and his household was already going world wide with Jota’s objective and gesture.
Jurgen Klopp didn’t neglect Luis Diaz and spoke of his household state of affairs
In his post-match feedback on the official Premier League broadcast, Jurgen Klopp spoke about what occurred to his first-choice winger and accepted that it’s a sophisticated factor to take care of:
“However we’re right here, targeted on the soccer we’ve to do, nevertheless it was a particular preparation. I’ve to be trustworthy, I’ve by no means been by this in lots of video games earlier than, nevertheless it’s a brand new expertise that I by no means would have wanted,” Klopp admitted.
Though Klopp wished to make it clear that sport and soccer had been on his thoughts, he didn’t disassociate himself from this sophisticated situation involving his participant.
“We wished to go to his home, ship folks with him. However there have been additionally folks from his household they usually wished to be collectively, it’s very comprehensible,” he added.
“How are you going to have an necessary soccer match on a day like this? It is actually troublesome. I’ve by no means confronted something like this in my life, the pitch has all the time been my protected place, my hiding place, whether or not as a participant or as a coach. Throughout these 90 or extra minutes you might be allowed to focus on that and it was not possible to do this. We needed to give the sport an additional that means and we had been combating for ‘Lucho’…”.
Closing his ideas on the case, Klopp gave credit score to his gamers for the gestures they made in direction of Diaz.
“Then the boys pulled the shirt out, I wasn’t one hundred pc ready for this, to be trustworthy. It was actually touching and great. That is all.”