Luis Diaz has spoken of the ‘clear code’ he must follow to guarantee long-term success at Liverpool
Luis Diaz has been backed to enjoy a long career at Liverpool as long as he follows a tactical ‘code’ of English football – and advice off the pitch.
Liverpool have made Luis Diaz their only January transfer window signing. By signing the winger from Porto, the Reds have bolstered their ranks with stronger competition for Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
They will be hoping Diaz can replicate Diogo Jota’s impact after his arrival in 2020. Indeed, the ex-Wolves Wide Man arrived in support of all three main fronts but has since steadily established himself in the starting XI.
Diaz’s early signs have been positive. On his debut, he was instrumental in one of Liverpool’s goals in their FA Cup win over Cardiff.although he was not credited with an assist.
The Colombia international will now hope to strengthen his form and continue where he left off in Portugal. He was in the middle of a 16-goal season for Porto.
One man who thinks Diaz can succeed at Liverpool is former Colombia and Middlesbrough striker Hamilton Ricard.
The 25-year-old’s direct approach should make him a perfect fit, claims his compatriot.
“A guy who has all the conditions to succeed at Liverpool and in the English league. He was always quick, going to the front,” Ricard said. futbolred.
“There is a clear code, that the first pass is forward; if this is not possible, on the side; if that is not possible either, the last option is to throw it upside down. It’s a code they have there.
“The player must concentrate”
Away from the pitch, Ricard then advised Diaz to focus on his football and not on social media, to ensure he integrates fully into the English game.
If everything goes according to plan, then the striker should keep the famous front three on their toes.
Ricard added:[I hope] that Luis Diaz is going to play football, that he is focusing on his growth as a player. It is by being more powerful, faster, just by playing the ball, that the rest will be given.
“That he’s not going to be careless on social media; the English don’t like it. Let him focus on football and he’ll have Britons eating out of his hand for life.
“The player has to focus 100% because that’s what he gives. Everything Luis Diaz has achieved has been for the ball, changing his family’s life was for the ball. Not because of his followers, not because of his social networks or his conversations.
“I don’t know if he will need more muscle mass. But playing with Mane, Salah, Firmino, with them, he will grow a lot more. They will take advantage of him and he will take advantage of them.
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Harvey Elliott backs Luis Diaz to become even better
On the same day as Diaz’s debut, Harvey Elliott made his long-awaited return from injury for Liverpool.
Speaking after the game, the teenager backed his new team-mate to succeed at Anfield. In fact, Elliott described Diaz as a “world-class” addition to the Liverpool squad.
He said LFC Television“You can see he has exceptional talent and he’s also a top guy. We are all around him, supporting him and we are all there if he needs us.
“I’m sure he’ll show what he’s talking about. He showed previews today. Coming to his side was a proud moment for me too because he is, in my opinion, a world class player.
“He will only get better playing for Liverpool, playing in front of these fans.
“It’s exciting to see what the years could bring with him. I’m sure he will carry on and show the world what he is capable of.
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