Liverpool forward Luis Diaz could make his return from injury during next month’s clash with Manchester City.
Remarkably, the match on April 1st is Liverpool’s next game. A combination of FA Cup and international break mean that they don’t play again for 16 days.
After the disappointing nature of their last two performances, perhaps that’s a blessing in disguise for supporters. And as per The Athletic, it could also mean that Diaz is ready to make his long-awaited return.
They claim that the Colombian ‘will be in contention’ to play at the Etihad, after being injured since October.
Described as a ‘major positive,’ it will be fantastic to see the flying forward back and able to help. With games against Chelsea and Arsenal quick on the heels of that trip to City, his timing couldn’t be better.
Lucho to the rescue
Right now, the return of Diaz is just about all Liverpool fans have to look forward to. Out of all three cups by mid-March and with no chance of title challenge, the season is pretty much over already.
Of course, there’s still the prospect of a top-four finish. But after what we’ve been served up for much of this season, that feels like a long-shot. It’s the hope that kills you.
With Diaz back in the side, that hope will be renewed a little. How Liverpool could have done with his never-say-die attitude injected into the team for the full season.
It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp assembles his forward line with the 26-year-old back once again. Last night against Real Madrid the manager chose to start four of his five options up-front.
But with Madrid proving a hard nut to crack, Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah didn’t look enough of a threat.
As a result, there’s definitely still a spot open for Diaz to stroll back in to. It would be a surprise to see him start at the Etihad, but given that the Reds have fired two blanks in a row, perhaps that’s exactly what they need. Welcome back Lucho, please help us.
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