Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suffered a massive setback over Luis Diaz’s extended spell on the sidelines.
What’s the word?
That is according to journalist Pete O’Rourke, who believes that this injury could be very costly to the Reds, with the Colombian asserting himself as a standout player this season.
O’Rourke firmly feels that Klopp will miss the 25-year-old’s attacking exploits on the left-hand side of attack, telling GIVEMESPORT: “It’s a big, big blow for Liverpool. He has probably been Liverpool’s best performer this season, not that it’s taken too much hard work to be their best performer with the way they have gone.
“He’s scored goals, created goals and been a real livewire ever since he arrived from Porto in January, so to lose him at such a crucial stage of the season is a big blow for Jurgen Klopp.”
Big blow for Liverpool
Just when you think things cannot get much worse for Liverpool this season, three more injuries struck on Sunday to limit Klopp’s options even further, with Diaz, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip all incurring problems in the defeat at Arsenal.
The most notable omission, in terms of both the length of time that he faces out and the impact that he has brought to the team this season, is that of Diaz.
The Colombian is the Reds’ second-highest scorer in the Premier League this term with three goals, but his impact away from the pure judgement of direct attacking returns illustrates that there is much more to his game, with his effect on Klopp’s side integral to how the German wants Liverpool to play.
The 25-year-old is the most direct, progressive asset in the team this season, averaging two successful dribbles per game, complimenting his average of 8.01 progressive carries at a total carrying distance of 268.25 yards. The latter two place him among the top 20% of players in Europe’s top five leagues for those respective metrics.
Wednesday night’s 7-1 win against Rangers showed that Liverpool are capable of scoring whenever they so please, but amidst a busy fixture schedule in the lead-up to the World Cup, the omission of Diaz serves as a big blow to Klopp, who is working with limited options right now.