Diogo Jota has revealed what he has been told about Liverpool’s newest recruit Luis Diaz by one of the Colombian’s former teammates.
Diaz, 25, joined the Reds from FC Porto after scoring 14 assists in 18 games in Portugal and made a strong impression on his debut as he assisted Takumi Minamino for the second goal in the 3-1 FA Cup win over Cardiff City.
Diaz joins one of the best attacks in Europe and Jota has received words of wisdom from Sergio Oliveira, a former teammate of Diaz and Jota at Porto, on the winger.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, Jota said: “I used to watch Porto a lot, I played there as well, so I know, for me, he was the best player in the Portuguese league.
“So I know his abilities and, for example, I had a chat with Sergio Oliveira, who is now in Rome, and he’s saying, ‘Now you’re going to score even more goals because Luis is an outstanding dribbler and he will get you those chances.
“He’s a great player and I think he will be good in the Premier League and good for us obviously.”
What can we expect from Diaz?
The Colombian international came off the bench on his debut last weekend, but Thursday is the first opportunity for Premier League football, when Leicester City travel to Anfield.
With the return of Mohamed Salah from the African Cup of Nations, Liverpool are closer to being back to full strength with only Sadio Mane is set to be missing for the fixture with the Foxes.
Diaz may have to settle for another cameo appearance, but Jurgen Klopp could opt to select the 25-year-old against a side that shipped four goals against Championship side Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
The Premier League title face is not over and the Reds remain in three other competitions. They face Inter Milan in the Champions League next Wednesday, with Diaz named in the squad for the European competition.
Following the victory over Championship side Cardiff, Liverpool will host Norwich City in the next round of FA Cup with the prospect of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since 2015.
Alongside that, Diaz and the Reds will have the chance to win the first piece of silverware when they face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on 27th February
Diaz should have plenty of opportunities to play an instrumental role for Liverpool on the second half of the season.