Luis Diaz available for Liverpool at Toulouse as Jurgen Klopp suggests ‘positive signs’ for his father
Liverpool are in Europa League action on Thursday night.
The Liverpool winger is in the squad for their Europa League trip to Toulouse on Thursday and Klopp says he is available to play as football is providing a ‘safe space’ and a welcome distraction.
Diaz’s parents were kidnapped on 28 October, with his mother quickly released, but his father still not free. Reports from Noticias Caracol suggest his release is imminent, but the wait goes on.
Klopp was asked about the situation at a press conference on Wednesday evening, saying: No real news, positive signs somehow, but not real news.’
On his player’s mindset, the German said: ‘He decided last week because he cannot go to Colombia, so he’s here.
‘When he’s here, training is a safe place, round the matches is a safe place. When he’s with the team everything is ok, he wants to be with us, he’s travelled, he’s here, he’s available.’
Diaz came off the bench on Sunday to score a late equaliser for Liverpool at Luton Town in an emotional moment at Kenilworth Road.
The 26-year-old revealed a message on a shirt under his match kit which said ‘Libertad Para Papa’ (‘Freedom for Papa’) after scoring the late header.
According to FA rules, players are not allowed to remove their shirts to display personal messages, but the 26-year-old will likely avoid charges due to the nature of the situation, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
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