Luis Diaz produced a landmark guest appearance for Liverpool tonight as Jurgen Klopp’s side progressed to the Champions League final.
Liverpool were 2-0 down at half-time against Villarreal that night, with an inspiring first-half display from the hosts ending the tie altogether.
However, the Reds manager brought in Diaz for Diogo Jota after a terrible opening 45 minutes ahead of the Premier League side.
And the Colombia international, who only joined Anfield in January, turned the game around, scoring one of his three goals in the second half.
Not only that, Diaz has brought a lot more urgency and purpose to a Liverpool attack that was relatively lifeless when Jota was up front.
It could and should have ended 4-2 on the night – and 6-2 overall – but Curtis Jones was saved with his first touch by a sweeping Geronimo Rulli.
A spectacular save and potential atonement for not covering himself in glory for the earlier three goals, but nonetheless the Liverpool midfielder should have scored – and according to Jim Beglin, who co-commented on it CBS Sportsthe graduate of Kirkby Academy knows it.
Here’s what Beglin said: “He basically threw his hands on his face and basically said, ‘How didn’t I convert that?’ Can not believe it. Henderson got him on the tee and the keeper did well actually getting his leg down and catching part of the ball.
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Luckily for Jones, no one will remember that he should have added a fourth for Liverpool.
Not just because Klopp’s side have progressed, but because Diaz – tapped by Michael Owen to start the final – will be the only Reds player people remember from that encounter, such was his spectacular cameo.
Klopp’s side now face either Manchester City or Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris on May 28.
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