Jürgen Klopp has one Liverpool silver lining after Spurs draw as Champions League decision clear - bdsthanhhoavn.com

Jürgen Klopp has one Liverpool silver lining after Spurs draw as Champions League decision clear

For the second time this week, when Liverpool needed a saviour the most, it wasn’t any of the usual talismans who stepped up and delivered to lift the Reds’ out of their slump, but a new star in the making.

There may have been a touch of fortune in Luis Díaz’s effort in front of the Kop, which ricocheted of a Tottenham defender before it nestled into the back of the net, but the effort alone demonstrated a touch of poise and boldness that no one in red had dared to attempt up until this point.

Liverpool will be disappointed with the draw, but that goal could still yet prove to be a vital contribution for the club’s Premier League season. Without that goal Liverpool’s title aspirations would have been buried; now there is still a glimmer of hope, albeit small, that the trophy could end up decorated in red ribbons come the end of the season.

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If it is, Liverpool will have Díaz to thank, and not for the first time. Had it not been for his inspired cameo against Villarreal, who knows how that game may have ended up in the second half.

Six goals and three assists in 22 games are not a true reflection of Díaz’s impact in the second half of the season. His ability to take players on with ease and progress Liverpool further up the pitch isn’t measured merely by goals and assists.

But as his form from Portugal would suggest — having left Porto as the club’s top-goalscorer — the goals will come flowing more often with time. They are already happening with more frequency. Díaz’s goal against Tottenham was not only his second in as many games but his fourth goal contribution in his last four Premier League games.

From the first minute Díaz donned the Liverpool shirt, he looked like he had been wearing it for years. The Colombian dazzled the crowd with just his first few touches against Cardiff, and he has continued in that upward trajectory ever since.

In the past month he has arguably been Liverpool’s best player. Even in this star-studded Liverpool team, there just isn’t someone like him — who can run at defenders with such confidence and poise and who can make them chase his shadow for 90 minutes straight.

There is a common adage about not knowing what you are missing until it’s gone, but in Díaz’s case it’s the opposite. Liverpool didn’t know what they were missing until they found him.

In the lead-up to the Champions League final against Real Madrid, there will be plenty of debates about which front line Klopp will go with in his starting XI. But in this form, one name should be a certainty on the team sheet — Klopp simply cannot drop Díaz in Paris.

His elusive quality on the ball gives Liverpool the kind of trump card that can go onto win finals, and the past week has made that clear for everyone to see.

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