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Pundit gushes over Liverpool attacker who ‘could replace’ in-form Real Madrid star

Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk

A pundit has waxed lyrical about Liverpool forward Luis Diaz, saying the January signing is making fans go ‘crazy’ and that he could replace an in-form star at Real Madrid.

Liverpool scouted the left winger for months as he impressed at Porto in the Primeira Liga. They were planning to move for him in the summer but had to speed up the process amid interest from Tottenham.

The Reds won the race for Diaz, capturing him for an initial £37.5million and getting him to pen a long-term contract at Anfield.

Diaz has been a revelation since then, slotting into the Liverpool front three seamlessly. He is thriving in Jurgen Klopp’s system and has already found the net four times in a Liverpool shirt.

It could be argued that the Colombia international is already a member of Klopp’s best forward three. The Merseyside outfit look deadly with him on the left, Sadio Mane through the middle and Mo Salah out on the right.

Luis Diaz starring in Liverpool front three

Diaz put in a great performance during the 4-0 rout against Manchester United, registering a goal and assist. And he excelled in the 2-0 derby victory over Everton, while also showing off some insane skill.

Colombia hero Tino Asprilla, who spent time at Newcastle and Parma, has heaped praise on his compatriot.

The pundit also suggested Diaz could replace Vinicius Junior at Real Madrid. That’s despite the winger notching 18 goals this term and starring against Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Luis Diaz backed to replace Vinicius Junior at Real Madrid

Tino Asprilla thinks Liverpool star Luis Diaz has the ability to replace Vinicius Junior at Real Madrid.

When asked about Diaz’s displays of skill, Asprilla told ESPN: “The English are not used to seeing these things – it’s very difficult.

“That’s why when he did it they were surprised. It’s just that the English are made to play with a seriousness.

“That’s why the South Americans are so sought after. That’s for special players.

“Even in the warm-up he did with Thiago, people were going crazy when they started playing little games. You hardly ever see that kind of thing.

“The doubt was whether this boy was going to have a place; a place was opened up.

“If there is a place in Liverpool, there is a place in Real Madrid. Don’t tell me that Vinicius is going to put him on the bench, never in his life.”

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