Tue 22 March 2022 | 9:17

Klopp on Luis Diaz’s start to life at Liverpool

During an interview with Sky Sports, the Reds boss talked about Luis Diaz’s start to life at the club and why he has a lot more to show.

You don’t expect miracles immediately from these kind of players,”

Jurgen Klopp


Sky Sports


“But he is not far away from doing exactly that. Long may it continue.”

Jurgen Klopp talked about

Luis Diaz

, who joined the club in January from


, and contributed to the title race’s dynamic. Jamie Carragher believes due to his arrival,


are the favorites to win.

If Diaz had needed more time to adapt to life in Liverpool, that would have been understood.

The Reds manager admitted:

"Every coach would say the same about a January signing. You do it, but if you could, you would do it in the summer."

Klopp insisted that the Colombian “absolutely” deserves the credit and praise.

"There is a reason why you sign a player. The reason is the quality that he has. The reason is the way that he is playing the game." But with Diaz, as with so many of Liverpool's signings, there was a logic to targeting him beyond his ability - they believed he would adapt.

"With Luis, where it has been really special is that when we saw him we knew that he would fit in immediately," explains Klopp. "That is really difficult usually but because he did not have to change, that is why we have a really confident boy here.

"He was in a really good moment with Porto, playing good for Colombia, and so he came here full of confidence. But what we tried to make sure is that he does not lose that because of the playbook as we tell him that he has to do this and he has to do that.

Diaz behaved naturally, doing the things that are very similar to what he was doing in Porto. According to the statistical analysis, that is the case and the Premier League side have been made aware.

Ramm Mylvaganam founded ProZone in 1998, changing the football analytics with his genuine innovation. They hired Michael Edwards, who is now the Reds’ sporting director. Mylvaganam's latest venture, AI Abacus, crunched the numbers on Diaz.

"Just before he moved to Liverpool, our models suggested that Diaz should theoretically hit the ground running, largely due to the similarities of playing styles between Liverpool and Porto," Andy Forrester, product manager at AI Abacus, tells Sky Sports.

source: SportMob

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