Luis Diaz fought back tears at full time as he helped Liverpool reach the Champions League final.
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The Premier League side booked their place in Paris as they claimed a 3-2 win in Villarreal, going through 5-2 on aggregate.
What a start to his Liverpool career Diaz is having
And he cut an emotional figure after Liverpool’s place in the final was confirmed
Liverpool did things the hard way as their first leg lead was wiped out by goals from Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin.
Manager Jurgen Klopp then opted to bring on Diaz at half time and the Colombian made an excellent impact.
After Fabinho pulled one back, Diaz headed the equaliser, giving Liverpool a 4-2 cushion in the tie. Sadio Mane’s goal sealed Liverpool the win on the night.
In three Champions League away games, he has now scored twice and created one goal.
Diaz’s impact has been nothing short of brilliant since joining Liverpool from Porto in January and talkSPORT hosts Jamie O’Hara and Jason Cundy were in agreement about him being one of the best ever acquisitions in the winter window.
O’Hara said on the Sports Bar: “They made some changes, Diaz comes on. What a player he is, probably one of the greatest January signings ever. He changed the game.
Cundy said: “Diaz is as good as anyone I’ve seen in the January transfer window. He is as Liverpool as you can get.
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Diaz has come a long way
“He will go on to become as good as Mane in my opinion. Whether he gets to the levels of what Salah’s achieved I don’t quite know.”
Cundy added: “Liverpool are just too good. They’re such a good team, they have a brilliant manager, a brilliant squad.”
And it wasn’t just the talkSPORT duo in awe of Diaz.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher posted on Twitter: “Luis Diaz. That’s the tweet.”
After the game, he told Liverpool supporters in a short video: “Thank you – see you in Paris.”
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