Liverpool new boy Luis Diaz was responsible for upsetting his fans in Colombia by agreeing a move to Tottenham before eventually joining the Reds, according to reports. The 25-year-old was snapped up by the six-time European champions for a fee in the region of £37million at the end of the January transfer window after turning plenty of heads with his performances for Porto over the last few years.
Diaz scored 16 goals for the Portuguese heavyweights in all competitions between the start of the campaign and his move to Liverpool after impressing with Colombia at last summer’s Copa America.
He was reportedly identified as a target by Liverpool earlier this season with a view to launching a bid for his services in the summer transfer window.
The winger was also heavily linked with a move to Tottenham, who were said to have a long-standing interest in his signature before eventually losing the race to tie him down at the eleventh hour.
The north Londoners were said to have haggled with Porto to reduce Diaz’s asking price to around £37million before Liverpool swooped in to complete the move from under their noses.
Jurgen Klopp was forced to accelerate his interest in landing the winger in order to beat Spurs to his signature before the end of the January window.
It seems as though Diaz’s fans in his home country were relieved by his decision to leave Porto for Liverpool instead of making the switch to Tottenham.
Colombian football expert Pipe Sierra has claimed that most people in the country reacted with disappointment when it became apparent that Spurs were in with a real chance of landing the forward.
“Everybody in Colombia was sad when the news was Tottenham had agreed a deal,” he told This is Anfield.
Meanwhile, Diaz will be hoping to emerge as a regular starter at Liverpool over the coming years as he looks to showcase his abilities in the Premier League after signing a long-term contract until the summer of 2027.
He registered an assist on his competitive debut for the Reds as he played in Takumi Minamino for their second goal in a 3-1 win over Cardiff City on Sunday.
Diaz earned plenty of post-match praise from Klopp as a result of his efforts, with the German coach insisting that the best is yet to come from Liverpool’s newest addition.
“I liked his contribution a lot when he came on in the Cardiff game, and from there we go,” the Liverpool boss told a press conference earlier this week.
“Yesterday [we had] a normal session he enjoyed a lot. I’m not sure if you could see pictures of our training session, we started with a longer rondo.
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“I’m not sure I ever saw a player smiling that constantly during a rondo, so he enjoyed it and the rest of the session as well, so that’s all good.
“I think we could see very naturally he fitted in the last game, played exactly how we wanted him to play from a position point of view.
“That’s only a starting point, so a lot more to come and we work on that.”
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