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Liverpool offered transfer reminder in cup win as pundits eulogise standout performer for five traits

Luis Diaz lifts the Carabao Cup

Liverpool were offered a transfer reminder in the Carabao Cup win as standout performer Luis Diaz was eulogised for five traits.

The January signing showed off the quality which prompted the Reds to splash what could become £50m on him. Although he and his team-mates couldn’t find the back of the net, he drew significant plaudits from pundits post-match.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Jamie Redknapp said: “Anybody who’s witnessed Luis Diaz since he signed for Liverpool will go ‘we’ve got a very special player here’.

“He fits the mould, the profile of what Liverpool want – he works hard when he hasn’t got the ball, he’s got genius feet when he has it.

“He goes past people, he’s got an eye for goal, he is the all-round team player that Jurgen Klopp and all the staff at Liverpool like to identify.

“It looks like he’s gonna be a sensational player and just adds to what they’ve already got.”

“So you’ve always got an option, you’ve got a [Diogo] Jota, you’ve got a Diaz. You can rotate and then that’s what gives you the options.”

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Jamie Carragher then added: “Just jumping in on that point, the interesting thing about the Diaz signing is. Liverpool only signed him cause Tottenham went for him.

“And I think he could make a massive difference to Liverpool this season. Not just because of his performances, he was brilliant today. But you actually think what Liverpool’s team would’ve been like if he hadn’t been signed.

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“So Jota wasn’t 100%, [Roberto] Firmino’s missed out. You’d have possibly gone into the game with just [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane, and maybe [Takumi] Minamino or [Divock] Origi, who we know aren’t quite at their level, whereas Diaz is at their level.

“I think it’s just something for Liverpool to remind themselves. This fella could make a huge difference for Liverpool this season in terms of winning big trophies.

“Now if Tottenham hadn’t of gone for him Liverpool wouldn’t have got him. If you think there’s a player there that you think you want and you can go and get, go and get him.”

‘Very special Liverpool day’ – Van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk lifts a corner flag

Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk described winning the competition with Liverpool as “very special”. But he did not understand why they weren’t allowed to do so within 90 minutes.

The Reds beat Chelsea 11-10 on penalties after a tense shoot-out which ended when Kepa Arrizabalaga skied his spot kick.

The Dutchman has now won five trophies as a Liverpool player. It took a lot of effort for them to add this medal to his cabinet. But they got there in the end.

For Van Dijk, who has been back to his best after returning from injury over the summer, it was a momentous day…

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