Michael Owen has claimed he was left ‘drooling over’ Luis Diaz’s performance on his Premier League debut against Leicester City on Thursday.
Liverpool kept themselves in the hunt for the Premier League title with yet another win. They still have a long way to go before they can catch runaway leaders Manchester City, although their victory over Leicester City will have surely helped their cause. While Diogo Jota may have taken the spotlight with his brace at Anfield, there was another player who shone.
Luis Diaz made headlines recently following his transfer to Liverpool, who signed him from under the noses of Tottenham Hotspur in January. His father also explained why Spurs failed to recruit the Colombian, who has been bright in his two outings so far.
Following his debut against Cardiff City in the FA Cup, Diaz was likened to a certain Philippe Coutinho, as he provided an assist in a short cameo. Against Leicester, the Colombian attacker made his Premier League debut and was a brilliant performer in the final third.
While he may not have registered a goal or an assist, Diaz surely impressed many with his sharp attacking play. He is considered a crucial part of Liverpool’s future front three alongside Jota.
Now, Liverpool legend Michael Owen, who was one BT Sport’s pundits for Liverpool’s game against Leicester, claimed he was left ‘drooling over’ after Diaz’s performance against Leicester City. His comments appeared on Football 365, with the former English striker claiming the Colombian looked like a star.
Owen said, “Do you know what, we were just drooling over him after 15 minutes. “He hasn’t done anything in particular where you think ‘, wow he’s created an unbelievable chance’, but I love his sharpness. He looks quick, he looks lively, he presses the ball, he doesn’t mind committing players running at them and beating them.”
“As I say, none of these clips you think ‘wow’, but I think he looks like a Liverpool player. He really does look like he’s going to fit into this team like a glove. A brilliant player that we’ve seen before and already in a fleeting appearance so far he looks like he suits that red shirt.”
Diaz and Liverpool will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley. It will be an interesting test for the Colombian, who could come up against the stout low-block of the Clarets. These games tend to define how complete a player will fare in the Premier League in the long run, with the former Porto star expected to exceed expectations in the coming time.