The stamina shown by Liverpool new boy Luis Diaz has astounded one of his predecessors on the pitch, Dirk Kuyt – who thinks the Colombian can get even better.
Liverpool signed Luis Diaz from Porto during the January transfer window. Effectively the last signing of the Michael Edwards era, he looks like a fitting parting gift from the sporting director.
Diaz has made a quick impression at Anfield. He has three goals and one assist from 13 Liverpool appearances so far. What has really set him apart, though, has been his work rate.
According to Dirk Kuyt, who played for Liverpool between 2006 and 2012, Diaz’s energy surpasses his own. As such, it makes him a seamless fit for how Jurgen Klopp wants to play.
Kuyt told LiverpoolFC.com: “I could run a fair bit when I was a player, but I must admit I’m jealous of Luis Diaz’s lungs. His stamina is amazing.
“It looks like it’s in his veins to press, so it’s no surprise to see why he’s adapted to Jurgen Klopp’s system so quickly.
“And you must remember he came to Liverpool halfway through the season, doesn’t speak the native language and dropped in a system that has, understandably, taken other players a bit of time to get to grips with.”
Kuyt went on to allude to how he took his own time to settle with the transition to Premier League football after joining from Feyenoord. As for Diaz, though, there has been no delay.
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That said, the 41-year-old former player thinks Diaz still has room to make better use of his impressive ability.
In turn, having a player of such pedigree to compete with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota can help the 2021-22 Carabao Cup winners compete for further trophies.
‘Looks so easy’ for Luis Diaz
Kuyt added: “What I’ve seen from Diaz’s first few months, it looks so easy for him. What he’s doing at the moment is pretty special.
“In addition to his fitness levels, his ability is incredible. He’s now scoring important goals, giving great assists.
“When you see him dribbling with the ball, it seems he still has the whole view of the pitch – to see other players and give easy passes.
“The exciting thing: I think he can get better and better.
“His arrival has obviously boosted Klopp’s forward options, and then some. But that’s what you need when you want to challenge for so many trophies.”
Diaz scored 41 goals in 125 appearances for his previous club Porto, also adding 19 assists. He won three trophies with them and already has one Liverpool medal in his collection, which he will be hoping becomes the first of many.