Luis Diaz reveals Liverpool squad’s response to selling Sadio Mane; repeats three times how Reds can reverse poor start

Former Liverpool winger Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz

Luis Diaz revealed the Liverpool squad had a unified response when news broke Sadio Mane was sold, and repeated three times what must be done to improve the Reds’ slow start.

After six sparkling years on Merseyside, Sadio Mane was sold to Bayern Munich last summer. The Senegal international will forever be fondly remembered for his marauding displays down the left flank.

Liverpool fans may also be thinking what might’ve been had owners FSG convinced Mane to pen fresh terms.

If Mane had signed an extension, Darwin Nunez would likely not have been signed. While it’s still early days, the Uruguayan’s start at Anfield has been far from convincing.

The £85m Liverpool committed to in that deal may also have been spent elsewhere, such as on a midfielder.

In Mane’s absence, Liverpool have limped out of the gate this season.

The midfield and defence are bigger issues than the forward line. However, Mane was arguably Jurgen Klopp’s greatest defender from those he selected in his front three.

Mane was often the most aggressive in the press and won the ball back countless times deep inside the opposition’s half. His relentless pressing also ensured opposing players had to rush their passes or run the risk of being dispossessed.

Mane was on the scoresheet for new club Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. A crushing 5-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen eased the pressure on manager Julian Nagelsmann.

Liverpool were also in action in the Champions League, cruising to a 2-0 victory over Rangers that provided a much-needed morale boost.

Sadio Mane exit prompted unified response

Speaking in the post-match fallout, Luis Diaz revealed Liverpool’s collective response to selling Mane.

Diaz has arguably been the greatest beneficiary of Mane’s sale, with the left wing role now his and his alone. Regardless, Diaz and the entire Liverpool team were reportedly left “gutted” when Mane left for Germany.

“The team was gutted,” he told TNT Sports Brasil. “Obviously he’s a player that will be missed in any club.

“He’s gone to a big club and is working to achieve his goals. And we’re conscious of the big group we have here, we’re working hard every day to improve.

“Everybody’s here to help and that shows in games.”

How can Liverpool reverse slow start?

The Reds have won just two of their opening seven league matches this season.

Jamie Carragher was adamant the midfield is the biggest issue when presiding over a scathing piece of analysis on Monday Night Football.

The Liverpool legend also highlighted an eye-watering statistic that ranks Liverpool dead last in the league after seven matches.

The team’s confidence has undoubtedly taken a hit in recent weeks. However, in order to build their belief back up, Diaz stressed they must simply “win win win”, whatever the cost and regardless of how easily or otherwise the victories come.

“It’s simple,” added the Colombian. “Win, win and win.

“I think winning gives you much more confidence, but not only that, to play well and leave the pitch with the impression you gave your all. For me that’s the most important thing.

“But when that doesn’t happen, we have to try and improve in training to try and rectify in the next game.

“We’ve very happy with the win [against Rangers], now we’ll rest to prepare for what’s coming.”

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