Andy Robertson says one Liverpool teammate ‘plays different’ and has brought something special to the side. Luis Diaz is certainly earning fans.
Liverpool beat Everton 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday and there were a few players who deserve particular praise for that. One of those is Andy Robertson, who actually scored the opener for the Reds – his first goal in front of the Kop.
That goal had been a long time coming, too. The Reds put in a very slow first 45 minutes and the game didn’t really turn until Jurgen Klopp made a double substitution. Divock Origi and Luis Diaz both came on, switching Liverpool to a 4-2-4 formation.
Origi took most of the praise, of course, as he involved himself in the buildup for Robertson’s goal and then scored the second himself. Diaz has his part to play, however and earned praise from the Scot after the game.
Andy Robertson on Liverpool’s Luis Diaz
“Diaz has been unbelievable since he came in,” he told Premier League Productions. “The impact he’s had on the squad, the way he plays is different, and he’s been exceptional.”
It does feel as though there’s praise for Diaz every week – people are lining up to say how good he is. There’s no denying that he’s had a fantastic impact at the club, though, and truly does play ‘different’, as Robertson says.
Diaz shows incredible drive and energy. He looks to push past players whenever he can, tries the difficult things nearly every time, and has the ability to succeed with it all.
We saw that with his assist for the second goal. Diaz was actually trying to score a bicycle kick but didn’t quite get the right connection. It didn’t really matter, though, as the attempt provided a perfect chance for Origi to head home from close range.
It’s moments like that which Diaz can provide – something out of nothing, purely through a willingness to try whatever he can. Liverpool perhaps don’t have anyone else quite like that. Mercurial players like Diaz rarely offer his work rate, after all.
Truly, the Reds have someone special in the Colombian.