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Jurgen Klopp turned Luis Diaz into a real athlete

Liverpool's pre-season continues in the final days of June.

By Charles Cornwall

Liverpool's pre-season continues in the final days of June.
Liverpool's pre-season continues in the final days of June.
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Liverpool's preseason continues during these last days of June, before the beginning of August for the official competition that will return with all its rigour and no team can afford to lose important points at the start. 

One of the players who has been most active is the Colombian Luis Díaz. He, along with his teammates, has played some friendly matches, with practices in which the physical demands have been the main protagonist. During several of them, the Colombian has been seen in front of his teammates, showing that he is one of the best in that area.

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Although not evidenced by data, there are photos that do show Lucho's prominence among the team and evidence of his great physical shape ahead of the 2022/2023 season. It is evident that Jurgen Klopp has taken it upon himself to test Diaz to make him a complete athlete.

A clear example of the build that the native of La Guajira has achieved are the latest images shared on the Instagram profiles of Diaz and his new teammate, Uruguayan Darwin Nunez, where they all look in great shape and where the Reds winger is seen on a par with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker during the rest day.

Luis Diaz's 'master move'

To convince the Colombian, Liverpool's coaching staff had to pull out a 'master move' which assistant Pep Lijnders revealed in his book 'Intensity: Inside Liverpool FC - Our Identity'.

Lucho was concentrating in Barranquilla facing the qualifiers with the Colombian national team, when he was informed from Porto that they had a verbal agreement with two clubs in England and the decision practically depended on what he wanted for his future.

It was at that moment that Klopp and his team activated the operation to persuade the jewel that has turned out much better than they initially thought. "I was on a skiing trip with my wife when, during dinner, the sporting director called me and said: 'You and Jürgen have to talk to Luis Díaz in five minutes'," said the German coach's right-hand man.