Luis Díaz makes a splash at Liverpool. His quick adaptation to the club won him much praise in England and Europe. In the club itself, they are surprised at his performance. Now, the official Liverpool media has published an interview with the Colombian player, in which he analyzes his arrival and his performance.
The footballer said he himself was surprised by his quick adaptation to the club and the Premier League.
The interview with Diaz
Luis, nine games in his Liverpool career and already a trophy. Everything is going pretty well so far…
Absolutely! It’s happening in the best possible way and it’s the way we all wanted it to be. Certainly from a personal point of view, that’s just how I wanted to try to start and what I dreamed of, and how I dreamed of starting. I knew I would come to a very competitive club, involved in everything. So, I’m very, very happy with how it started and how it’s going to continue for a long time.
Were you surprised at how quickly you adapted to a new club and a new team?
It was a little surprise, yes. That’s how I wanted it to go, good. I wanted to settle in as quickly as possible, as I said earlier, get to know the style of play and feel comfortable. In training and on the pitch, I think I managed to develop a good understanding with my teammates, and I think it’s thanks to them and the technical staff, who helped me in this period of adaptation. They have been a great help to me. I’m here to try to help, I’m here to try to support the team and the guys. Like I said, I want to keep giving my best.
To play a final so early and see how much success means to the fans, how special and meaningful was it for you on your debut as a Liverpool player?
Absolutely, it was a grand finale. Obviously the players always give everything they can, and even more to try to win these kinds of matches, finals as important as these. So to see us win was fantastic. And the way it went, after the penalty shootout, you can see how much it meant to the fans. We know they always support us through thick and thin, so they were definitely felt on the pitch throughout the game and on penalties. It was fantastic. That this happened in the seemingly few days since I joined the club was absolutely fantastic. But keeping your feet on the ground means continuing to work hard, trying to grow as a player and as a human being, while trying to continue contributing to the cause and to Liverpool FC.
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Regarding the penalty shootout, Fabinho said he and you trained together. He had done the Panenka and you were a little afraid that he would try it in the final. Was there any relief from your perspective when you wrote it?
For sure! In the days leading up to the final, we took penalties and I’m sure we trained together. He had joked: ‘If we go to the penalty shootout, I’ll do a Panenka’. And I said, ‘I can’t believe it. I laughed at him and said, ‘No, you can’t do that! If it goes wrong, the fans take it badly in the final. So when the time came and he stood up, I thought, ‘Gee, is he going to do this?’ When he went out the way he did, it just shows the class and quality of the player who did. I was a little shocked and surprised in a good way at how it turned out.
You said you saw Liverpool before you arrived, but when you train with the strikers every day, are they even better than you thought?
I am very, very happy to share the training camp and the field with them. I had admired them from afar, but when you’re up close and training with them, you can tell a lot more than if you’re watching TV. It’s just not the same to see him on TV or in the stands. You appreciate it (more) when you are with them. They all have great skill, both footballing and tactical: they are very aware and have a great appreciation of the game also tactically.
Watching Premier League games, do you think that with the quality of Manchester City, you know you have to try to win every game and there is very little room for error?
Absolutely. When you’re at a club like Liverpool, it’s almost obvious. We have to do our best to win, not just every game, but every trophy. It could mean that we have to win every game to achieve this. But I would say every trophy is different, every competition we have left presents its own challenges, it’s different in every way. As long as we approach each of these challenges with positivity, good spirit and well-prepared, we will succeed.