'Absolutely world-class': Ben Foster suggests Liverpool have signed an amazing player this year
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'Absolutely world-class': Ben Foster suggests Liverpool have signed an amazing player this year

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has hailed the ability of Liverpool forward Luis Diaz.

Speaking on his The Cycling GK YouTube Channel, Foster said that in Diaz, Liverpool have signed someone ‘world-class’.’

However, when giving his predictions for the new Premier League season, the former England goalkeeper said Liverpool would only finish third.

“This season I’m going to go for (Liverpool to finish) third. I think there’s going to be two better teams than Liverpool this year,” he said. “Losing Sadio Mane, I think they’re in a little bit of a transition period, so I can’t see them being up there trying to win the Premier League. I just can’t, but I think they’ll do decent.”

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Despite Foster’s admiration for Diaz, he feels that Darwin Nunez’s adaptation period could cost them next season.

“That front three Salah, Mane, Firmino, it’s kind of dissipating a little bit. Obviously Salah singing a new contract, brilliant news, fantastic news, however Darwin Nunez is kind of unproven in the Premier League,” said the 39-year-old.

“Jota is very, very good don’t get me wrong, Diaz absolutely world-class, but it’s going to be interesting to see how the new boy Darwin Nunez does next season. There’s a lot of pressure on his shoulders.”

Diaz ready to take it to the next level at Liverpool

It’s still quite early days to be labelling Diaz as world-class. But that people within the game already are just goes to show his impact since January.

Should the 25-year-old build on his opening six months or so, he’s going to something quite special in 2022/23.

In theory, you’d expect that after a full pre-season, Diaz would kick-on even further at Anfield.

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He hasn’t quite shone so far during the friendly games though. But it’s his first time undertaking Jurgen Klopp’s intense off-season sessions. It’ll take him some time to get used to.

Once he’s got the feeling back in his legs, and he’s had some time absorbing the tactical ideas, he’ll hopefully explode.

Diaz has had the limelight taken off him recently by new-boys Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho. But while Darwin stepped up to sweep away his first goal for the club last night, it shouldn’t be forgotten that it was Diaz who won him the penalty.

His endless running is a constant threat to the opposition. When he starts adding a smidgen more end-product to his game, he’ll be well worthy of that ‘world-class’ tag.

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