Luis Diaz scored an excellent no-look goal in Liverpool training yesterday as the Reds stepped up their pre-season preparations.
Liverpool were back at home at the AXA Academy. And as seen on LFCTV’s Inside Training video, Diaz was enjoying his comeback.
Picking up an assist during a training drill, the 25-year-old charged Marcelo Pitaluga into goal. Opening his body to send him to Pitaluga’s left, Diaz then looked over his right shoulder and pulled him to the other side.
To the young keeper’s credit, he read it almost perfectly. He couldn’t keep it, and Diaz had his Roberto Firmino moment.
Diaz learns from Bobby at Liverpool
After an astonishing first half at Liverpool, there are a lot of expectations on Diaz’s shoulders this season.
If the Colombian feels the pressure of that, then on this evidence, he doesn’t show it. We’ve already gotten used to it attempting a variety of no-look tunes during games, and it looks like that will continue quickly.
Sometimes it can seem frivolous and even detrimental to Liverpool’s game. But who are we to stop a footballer who is simply having fun on the pitch.
As the game evolves into a more robotic, system-focused sport, it sometimes feels like we’ve lost a bit of that spontaneity. Diaz is the kind of player who reminds you why you fell in love with the game.
Firmino too. The Brazilian has made no-look a trademark since joining Liverpool. He’s also one of the most naturally gifted players you’ll ever see, and he always, always plays with a beaming smile.
We didn’t see many Diaz and Firmino in tandem last season. Hopefully they can be on the pitch together a bit more in 2022/23, and we can see their joyful football in all its glory.
Judging by what we’ve seen off the field on tour, they seem to have struck up a friendship. Hopefully, as that understanding grows, so will it on the pitch.
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