Liverpool complete signing of Luis Diaz from Porto

LUIS DIAZ

Liverpool have completed the signing of Colombian star Luis Diaz of Porto after defeating Premier League rivals Tottenham on a January deal.

The player will join Jurgen Klopp’s side on a “long-term” contract – which is set to expire for the 2026-27 season – with a reported fee of £ 37.5million (€ 45m), and more. £ 12.5m (€ 15m) extensions.

Diaz, who is currently on international duty with Colombia and played in a 1-0 defeat against Peru on Friday, passed a medical after the Liverpool team flew to Argentina to finalize a deal.

Colombia plays Copa America on Tuesday as they battle to keep their World Cup qualifiers in Qatar alive later this year.

The 25-year-old was reportedly under request from Tottenham at the start of the January transfer window, but the Reds have intervened to bring the player to Anfield.

In August, Liverpool rivals Merseyside Everton tried to sign Diaz on a deal that would include Colombian teammate James Rodriguez to return to Porto. However, the contract was terminated late.

Diaz joined Porto from Colombian side Atletico Junior in 2019 and registered 12 goals and seven assistants in his first two Premierira Liga campaigns.

After a 2021 Copa America scoring victory over Lionel Messi by four goals, Diaz has increased his attacking style this season, scoring 14 times and conceding four assists in 18 league games, scoring two goals in six strikers. Out of the league.

Benfica’s Darwin Nunez (15) is the only scorer in the Primeira Liga this season, while Ricardo Horta (41) of Braga has created more chances than Diaz (39), while leading the league by touching rivals in the penalty area (162) before the Porto striker is out. second Mehdi Taremi (120).

It is also noteworthy that another Porto midfielder, Otavio (22), is the only player to have won more often than Diaz (18) in third-place attack, a feature Klopp’s strikers are often famous for, given the high German standard. -Press the program.

Diaz’s speed and running ability are also real assets. Indeed, only two top players in Portugal this season have completed more dribbles than his 46.

Liverpool will be hopeful that Diaz can help them in their quest for silver this season, the Reds are in the Champions League and FA Cup, and reach the EFL Cup final next month against Chelsea, despite nine points behind Manchester City. in the Premier League with a game in hand.

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