Luis Diaz has outlined his dream next move when the time comes to leave Liverpool, and revealed what task he tries to get out of as quickly at possible at Anfield.
The Colombian, 25, has been everything Liverpool fans could’ve hoped for and more since signing last winter. Diaz was initially intended to be a summer purchase, though January interest from Tottenham forced Liverpool to act six months early.
The Reds ultimately signed Diaz from FC Porto for £37.5m. Add-ons may eventually take the final figure up to £50m.
However, if the early signs are anything to go by, Diaz will more than justify that price tag.
He’s scored 10 and assisted eight in his first 38 matches for Liverpool. While losing Sadio Mane was undoubtedly a blow, Diaz has quickly proved he’s a more than adequate replacement.
Diaz already has three trophies on his CV with Liverpool. He helped the Reds do the domestic cup double last season and started in the 3-1 victory over Man City in this season’s Community Shield.
He’ll hope the trophies continue to flow in the coming seasons, though speaking to Colombian outlet SoHo, detailed his ideal next move.
Diaz did stress he’s grateful for the opportunity Liverpool have given him to compete for top honours. However, he admitted a move to Spain – presumably to Real Madrid or Barcelona – is something of a childhood dream.
Liverpool ace grateful, but dreams of Spain
When asked how far his career can go, Diaz said: “I would like to play for a Spanish club that has always attracted my family’s attention, but it is more of a childish dream.
“Now I only think about lifting trophies and making history with Liverpool, which is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I am very grateful for the opportunity they have given me.”
South American players dreaming of a switch to one of Spain’s big two is a familiar tale indeed. Liverpool have been bitten by that bug in the past, most notably with Javier Mascherano, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.
Diaz’s interview with SoHo was a rare opportunity to hear from the man himself given he generally opts out of media duties.
When the interviewer mentioned he holds a particular disdain for interviews, he responded: “I usually say no to the Liverpool press team.
“I prefer not to give interviews, but they take me to one, or two, and that’s it, I’ll get out of that quickly!
“I know there are other players who are dying to be in the media. I am the other extreme, the less I get out, the better.”
Diaz not supporting England in Qatar
Diaz is currently recovering from a knee injury sustained in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal on October 9.
He has resumed training and is expected to feature in Liverpool’s warm weather training camp in the UAE during the World Cup break.
Had Diaz not been injured, he’d still be with the Reds given Colombia surprisingly failed to qualify. They finished sixth out of 10 in CONMEBOL qualification.
When made aware many back in South America are calling Diaz – not Erling Haaland, for example – the biggest miss in Qatar, he replied: “I have also heard the same words. ‘It’s a shame not to see Lucho there because he was at his best.’
“But I try not to remember it, it’s hard. We have a team with a great future, the guys who come from below are very good, so first we are going to think about qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, and then try to win it.
“You have to go little by little, we have a selection to get there.”
Despite plying his trade in England, Diaz won’t be supporting the Three Lions in Qatar.
When asked who’s got his support with Colombia absent, Diaz named Argentina and Brazil.
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