Luis Diaz has been told that he will never be ‘Barcelona or Real Madrid standard’ and that he should focus on performing for Liverpool after revealing his dream of playing in LaLiga.
The 25-year-old winger, who is currently sidelined through injury, admitted to Colombian magazine SoHo in late November that he eventually wants to play for a top team in Spain.
However, he did add that his current focus is on ‘making history with Liverpool’.
Diaz only joined the Reds from Porto in a £50million deal back in January, penning a five-year contract.
The Colombian made an immediate impression at Anfield. He also helped fill the void left by Sadio Mane’s summer exit at the start of the current campaign.
Overall he has scored 10 times and added eight assists in 38 games in all competitions.
However, Diaz has not featured for Liverpool since suffering a knee injury in their 3-2 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates in early October.
He is ahead of schedule in his recovery though and looks set to be in contention to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on December 22.
Diaz not at Real, Barca level – yet
But despite how well he has performed for the Anfield club, former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor is not fully convinced Diaz would cut it at Real or Barca.
Asked by Football Insider whether the forward has the ability to join either club, Agbonlahor said: “He’s got time. I don’t think he’s ever going to be Barcelona or Real Madrid standard. But I do think he’ll play for a Spanish club.
“He’s just got to concentrate on getting fit. Do his talking on the pitch and put in top performances for Liverpool.”
Diaz’s potential return against City would give Reds boss Jurgen Klopp a big lift. He was arguably the club’s best player before suffering his injury against the Gunners.
The Colombia international gives Liverpool good balance on the left. His return would also offset Diogo Jota’s loss, who’s expected to be out until late January with a calf injury.
After Liverpool’s cup date with City they face a Boxing Day trip to Aston Villa. Clashes with Leicester and then Brentford follow over the festive and new year period.