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Why was Jürgen Klopp unhappy with Luis Díaz's performance in the Derby?

By Charles Cornwall

Why was Jürgen Klopp unhappy with Luis Díaz's performance in the Derby?

The Reds manager expected the Colombian to put the team's attacking ideas into practice.

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In Saturday's Merseyside Derby against Everton at Goodison Park, Liverpool's forward line did not play well. Colombian Luis Diaz, Egyptian Mo Salah and Uruguayan Darwin Nunez did not perform well and were unable to find the back of the net for the Toffees, who had goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as the star of the match.

Liverpool had a total of eight shots during the match, including three balls against the posts, but they were unable to break the deadlock and the final score was a goalless draw. The clearest chances were a shot from Nunez that Pickford blocked, then it was Diaz's turn to put the ball against the post. Finally, Mo Salah tried to be the hero at the end of the game, but his effort also hit the post.

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The 25-year-old Luis Diaz is in his second year with Liverpool after arriving in January from Porto. He has made 32 appearances for the Reds and has scored nine goals, three of which have come in the current campaign and is currently the team's leading scorer.

Despite this, Jürgen Klopp is not happy with the Colombian's performance, as he expected him to implement the idea that the team has in attack, but he did not deliver. During a press conference, the Reds manager said that during the game against Everton, he was inaccurate and did not make good decisions in the final stretch of the pitch that made it impossible to generate more scoring options as well as partner Darwin Nunez.

What Klopp said about Luis Díaz

Klopp said: "We wanted to use the lads a bit more centrally, but obviously we didn't have a lot of time to train. We really just bounced back, we talked a lot about it, but I'm not sure they would have been clear enough in the first half with what we wanted. At times when we played, when Mo dropped into the box or Lucho went down after two or three passes, they were completely free between the lines because Darwin held up the back line with his presence and they like to drop off quite early. But we didn't do it often enough."

 


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