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Jurgen Klopp makes ‘cheeky’ Luis Diaz admission & explains why he ‘absolutely loves’ the Colombian



Jurgen Klopp makes ‘cheeky’ Luis Diaz admission & explains why he ‘absolutely loves’ the Colombian

Jurgen Klopp has explained why he

 ‘absolutely loves’ Luis Diaz following the Colombian’s return to full fitness recently.

The former Porto winger sustained a serious knee injury during our 3-2 league defeat at Arsenal back in October and only returned to action last month after suffering a relapse of the same injury during our winter training camp in December.

He scored on his return to the starting XI against Spurs recently and our German tactician was keen to explain the qualities that our No. 23 brings to the side.

“Fantastic. We are so excited about it, we were always excited about it,”Klopp told Premier League Productions (as quoted by about Diaz’s return to action.

“The thing is, he was out after he got the injury in the Arsenal game – very strange game, by the way – and came back when were in a training camp during the World Cup in Dubai, so we all thought, ‘Finally back.’

“He trained exceptional, absolutely exceptional, and he slipped only a little bit on the grass, felt something, kept going on, everything is fine. After training, ‘Yeah, I feel a little bit. Let’s see.’ Another scan, out for another three months or whatever. Horrible, absolutely horrible.

“He’s a natural player. I love him, absolutely love him. It’s unbelievable.

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“He’s so football smart, moving in the right areas, naturally defending from his position, goal threat, speed, cheeky. Very, very special player, I have to say. We missed him a lot.

“We missed Diogo Jota as well – everybody realised when he came back how good he is. Bobby with a little injury here and there, Darwin [is] new, which is then obviously really difficult to get into a team, especially when you are the finisher of situations. The other boys have to create in a lot of moments – we didn’t create a lot or not enough, or not clear enough.

“There are a few explanations for our situation but you have to take life like it is and make the best of it, and that’s what you do in football as well.”

It’s no surprise to hear Klopp speak so highly of the Colombia international.

His absence was felt massively during the season due to the fact he offers so much quality on the left flank with his pace and direct style of play and when fit he is pretty much one of the first names on the team sheet.

The 26-year-old will be eager to help the team during the final three games of the season as we seek to sneak into the top four.

We have a serious amount of quality at the top end of the pitch and if we can strengthen our midfield options during the summer transfer window there’s no reason why we won’t be competing on all four fronts next term.

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‘I am told…’ – Journo ‘wouldn’t rule out Liverpool’ in the race for dynamic PL star’s signature

Graeme Bailey has insisted he ‘wouldn’t rule out Liverpool’ in the race for James Maddison’s signature this summer.

The Leicester City star is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs including Newcastle and Spurs and it’s likely that the current campaign will be the 26-year-old’s last at the King Power – even if the Foxes do avoid relegation to the Championship.

The Anfield outfit reportedly registered their interest in the England international last month and the East Midlands outfit are believed to be seeking a fee in the region of £50m for their No. 10.

Bailey told TEAMtalk: “I am told that Newcastle’s interest in Maddison has never dissipated. They have wanted him since last summer, it is a target agreed upon throughout the club from the board, to Dan Ashworth to Eddie Howe, they are in sync.

“Newcastle also know what sort of price the deal will be, however, there is a lot of interest. Newcastle will not have a clear run at him.

“Sources close to the player insist there are a number of clubs showing an interest. We know Tottenham have always been big fans and remain so, whilst I wouldn’t rule out Liverpool coming in for him.

“This is not a done deal in terms of where he is going to go, far from it.”

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We will certainly be in the market for midfielders this summer and Maddison has shown down the years that he’s a player with a lot of quality.

He has struggled this term, as have the majority of his Leicester teammates, but the former Norwich City man has still registered 10 goals and nine assists in 29 appearances (across all competitions).

He’s an extremely creative player and you’d suspect that he’d thrive with the likes of Mo Salah, Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo, Diogo Jota ahead of him.

The versatile midfielder will enter the final 12 months of his current deal at the end of the season so Dean Smith’s side may therefore be willing to sell this summer to avoid seeing him for free next year.

He’s certainly too good to be plying his trade in the Championship so it’ll be interesting to see what happens come the summer.

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