Luis Diaz has claimed that he has already has a ‘special connection’ with Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah.
Speaking to Sky Sports on Wednesday, Diaz said he’s ‘proud’ to play with Salah at Liverpool.
“It’s stupendous for me, being able to share my position in the team with Mo. I’ve seen him over many years on television at so many tournaments and I’d like to say I’m proud of myself, having reached this position where I can share with him these experiences, to wear the same shirt and be a team-mate of his,” said the Colombian.
“It’s really something special. Every day, playing alongside players like him, it helps you to improve, not just in a footballing sense as a player but also as a person. He’s a great guy and there’s a very special connection between him and me, and between all of us, in fact.”
Liverpool need to be patient with new forward line
It’s good to hear that Diaz is settling in with his teammates in the Liverpool forward line, Salah in particular.
Mo of course had a brilliant relationship with Diaz’s predecessor, Sadio Mane. Although things were admittedly tense at times between the two, they also had a very deep held respect for one another.
They also linked-up exceptionally well on the pitch, as Pep Guardiola attested to earlier this year.
Salah and Mane’s footballing abilities would obviously make them special players in any team. But the chemistry that they had on and off the pitch elevated them to world-class levels at Liverpool.
It’s already a tall order for Diaz to try to emulate, or even better, Mane’s legacy at Liverpool. If he can start to click with Salah though, that will help him enormously.
As Diaz, Salah and Darwin Nunez get used to playing with each other, The Reds may have to accept a transitional period. That’s something we’ve seen already this season and it may take a few more months to properly click.
That’s understandable, but when you’re attempting to fight the relentlessness of Manchester City, it can be fatal.
Individually, all of Salah, Nunez and Diaz are good enough to ensure Liverpool don’t lose too much ground. But it’s how they gel as a trio that will truly determine how Liverpool’s season ends up.