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Liverpool announce the signing of Luis Diaz from Porto

The Colombian had his heart set on a move to Merseyside despite strong interest from Antonio Conte’s side

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures to the fans at Anfield

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures to the fans at Anfield

Liverpool have announced the signing of Porto’s Luis Diaz for a reported initial fee of £37.5m + £12.5m in add-ons. The winger is currently in South America, representing Colombia in the World Cup qualifiers. 

 

Diaz has reportedly signed until 2027 and is set to earn around £90k per week. He will be wearing the number 23 shirt, last worn by Xherdan Shaqiri.

 

The 25-year-old was supposed to be a summer acquisition for Liverpool but Spurs’ interest in the player meant the Reds were forced to make a move before the January deadline day.

Diaz has been on Liverpool’s radar for the last few years, and the pair were pitted against each other as a result of being in the same group in the Champions League this season. 

 

The Colombian has been a key part of Porto’s league campaign so far, notching 14 goals and 4 assists in 18 games and helping Sergio Conceicao’s side to a 6-point lead in the Primeira Liga. 

 

However, Diaz will have to try and force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s side, who already boast three of the top four goalscorers in the premier league this season in Salah, Jota and Mane respectively. 

 

Liverpool have often come under criticism for being too reliant on Salah and Mane. Diogo Jota’s performances seem to have taken some of the burden off the pair. The Portuguese hit the ground running almost immediately since his arrival, and Luis Diaz would be looking to make a similar impact.

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