Liverpool has found its next Sadio Mané who really is like a new Jürgen Klopp signing


Dominik Szoboszlai has been excellent for Liverpool so far this season. Alexis Mac Allister has made an exceptional start, especially considering that he has been playing a role to which he is not best suited. And others have looked good in the early weeks too, with Virgil van Dijk among those in decent form.

But in Luis Díaz, the Reds have really (re)discovered a gem. The long-term plan to make the Colombian the replacement for Sadio Mané was put on hold last season because of a substantial double injury setback, but Díaz now looks back to his very best.

Scoring the equalizer against Bournemouth and being a threat throughout, the $62m (£49m/€57m) forward looked really sharp and direct. He is going to need to add even more goals to his game over the course of the next few months, but this one was taken really well — the early signs are very positive.

Díaz's movements appeared to be much more Mané-like, too. When he was in possession, particularly against Bournemouth but against Chelsea at times too, he was going left and right to leave his opposite number guessing his next move.

Meanwhile, when the ball was elsewhere on the field, he was drifting inside to get on the end of things. That is exactly how his superbly-taken strike at Anfield came about.

Diogo Jota was not at his best last Saturday but still scored and Mohamed Salah climbed the goalscoring charts again despite taking a poor penalty. Cody Gakpo will become another attacker when he is not needed to fill in as a midfielder and Darwin Núñez will get his chance too.

No one in the forward line impressed more than Díaz, though, and only Szoboszlai on the entire field had a better all-round game than the winger. Liverpool's new number seven has started the 2023/24 campaign in good form.

While the desperate clamor to avoid describing someone returning from an injury that kept them out for most of last season as being 'like a new signing' is understandable, it is undoubtedly true in the case of Díaz.

He was not there from October last year and was not at his peak when he returned near the end of the season. He is now, and Liverpool has a potentially world-class option available again.

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