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Jurgen Klopp says he has “never had a player like” Liverpool’s Luis Diaz before

By Ben Green

Published: 18:26, 15 February 2022

Jurgen Klopp has sung the praises of January signing Luis Diaz, saying he has “never had a player like” him before.

The Colombian winger joined the Reds in the winter window for £49m, giving Klopp’s frontline an attacking adrenaline shot ahead of the second half of the season.

Having shone at Porto, whom he joined in 2019 from Colombian outfit Atletico Junior, the 25-year-old will now be looking to cause a splash in English football.

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He made he debut as a second-half substitute in the FA Cup against Cardiff, before playing the full 90 minutes in the Premier League against Leicester City.

Despite working with some of the best in the sport, Klopp says he’s never experienced a player like Diaz before, whose “joy and love for football” has been palpable in these opening weeks.

“Luis is a top boy, a top class player,” Klopp said in his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Inter Milan.

“He showed that already in two appearances he had for us.

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“Last game he didn’t come on. He is a new player, we have to get used to new things in a team, we have all other players fit and they know exactly what I want from them.

“We give Luis a little bit more time to adapt to it. He is an incredible player, his joy and love for football is so obvious.

“When you see him training, he cannot stop smiling. I have never had a player like this. It’s crazy. We are so, so happy to have him here. It’s absolutely great.

“We expect a lot from him in the future. Now already but in the future as well. I have a good feeling it will be a really nice story with Luis at Liverpool.”