Manchester United legend Gary Neville has admitted it’s been “utterly depressing” watching how good Luis Diaz has been for Liverpool after the Colombian cut his former club to ribbons in midweek.
Liverpool’s January recruit has been in scintillating form since trading Porto for Merseyside in the winter window, recently producing a final-third masterclass against the Red Devils in Tuesday’s 4-0 humiliation at Anfield.
The tricky South American broke the deadlock against Ralf Rangnick’s men after only five minutes and then followed up in the second half with a pinpoint assist to Sadio Mane as the Reds ran amok to batter their long-standing rivals.
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That showing was just the latest in a string of stellar performances from Diaz since joining the club only three months ago, performances which have prompted Jurgen Klopp to describe his form as ‘miraculous’, while former Red Markus Babbel recently called his fast start ‘abnormal’.
Neville has now got involved with the widespread eulogies, waxing lyrical about the Colombian’s immediate impression at Anfield, but also admitting it’s been hard to watch as a Man Utd fan.
“Honestly, it’s utterly depressing,” He said on the Gary Neville podcast.
“From the moment I saw him play in the Carabao Cup final, which was the first time I’d seen the lad live, until you see a player live and particularly when I look at him, he’s playing off the left-hand side and I look at it from a right-back’s perspective.
“So, I have a pretty good eye about what I wouldn’t have liked and what I would like – and I thought ‘oh my God, what a player he is!’
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“His tenacity, his skill, his pace, his fight, his spirit, everything! And he’s cost not a lot again. They (Liverpool) have found another one!”
Diaz’s blistering start has seen him score four times in the Premier League for Liverpool, as well as nabbing in the Champions League against Benfica, and Babbel — who played for the Reds between 2000 and 2004 — stated earlier this month that he hasn’t seen such a major impact from a mid-season arrival.
Babbel said: “I was thinking ‘this is not normal what he is doing’.
“From the first day, he has been performing like he’s played for Liverpool the past 10 years. He has been on fire.
“So yes, it has been miraculous. I have not seen this before where a player has moved in the winter window — where you don’t get a pre-season — and been this fantastic.
“He is a top player for Liverpool.”