Liverpool Star Luis Diaz’s Father Reveals Son’s Childhood Dream of Playing for Barcelona:
Liverpool’s electrifying winger Luis Diaz has impressed since joining the club in January 2022. However, in a recent interview with Colombian outlet Win Sports, his father Luis Manuel Diaz revealed that the Colombian star dreams of playing for Barcelona someday.
The comments from Luis Diaz’s father come shortly after he experienced a traumatic kidnapping ordeal. According to Marca, Luis Manuel was held hostage for 13 days by the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group. He was abducted on October 28th from a gas station in the small town of Barrancas before being released on November 9.
Luis Manuel’s traumatic captivity occurred while his son was away on national team duty. Luis Diaz emotionally dedicated his goals during this period to his captive father. Fortunately, Luis Manuel is now safe after reuniting with his son during the recent international break.
Luis Díaz’s father reaction after he scored vs Brazil is just wonderful to see. pic.twitter.com/Xl83NUN2kl
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 17, 2023
Yet despite Diaz’s excellent form for Liverpool this season, his father surprised fans by declaring Barcelona as his dream destination. As quoted directly by Win Sports, Luis Manuel Diaz stated: “It is true that Luis is a loyal Barcelona fan and it would be his dream to go there.”
He expressed gratitude towards Liverpool for welcoming his son. But noted Luis grew up idolizing Barcelona and longs to play for the Spanish giants someday. Luis Manuel believes his son would adapt seamlessly to Barcelona’s style and expectations.
The revelations shocked many as Diaz has thrived since joining Liverpool from Porto in January 2022 for a fee of £37.5 million according to The Guardian. He has brought a new level of excitement and unpredictability to Liverpool’s already powerful attack. His creativity and ability to take on defenders have made Liverpool even more dangerous and difficult to stop.
Luis Diaz’s wider family will spend Christmas together in the UK ❤ pic.twitter.com/dPnBl15Ceu
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 18, 2023
This season, Diaz has scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists in 14 appearances across all competitions. His lightning speed and skillful dribbling make him a constant danger to opponents on the left side of the field.
According to Liverpool Echo, manager Jurgen Klopp has been hugely impressed by Diaz’s immediate impact at Anfield. Luis Díaz’s direct style of play and strong work ethic have made him a perfect fit for Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah and Darwin Núñez.
As analysed by The Athletic, Diaz’s ability to operate centrally or out wide has added a level of unpredictability to Liverpool’s attack. His combination play with Trent Alexander-Arnold down the left has also been a joy to watch this season.
Despite already achieving great success at Liverpool, Luis Díaz is still young and has his best years ahead of him. Jurgen Klopp is planning to build his team’s future attack around the talented Colombian winger, according to Sky Sports. Diaz recently signed a long-term contract extension committing him to Anfield until 2027.
Even though Luis Díaz loves Liverpool, his father reveals that he still has a dream to play for Barcelona someday, wearing their famous blue and red jersey. As reported by Eurosport, the lure of playing for his boyhood club may prove difficult for Diaz to resist if Barcelona formalize their long-rumored interest.
For now, Liverpool fans can delight in Díaz’s electrifying performances at Anfield, where he has showcased his flair, pace, and work ethic. In just 14 appearances, he has starred in crucial victories against Manchester City and Rangers. However, in the future, Barcelona may sign colombian talent if he continuous showcase his skills.