Michael Owen admits pundits were “drooling” over Liverpool star vs Leicester


Liverpool star Luis Diaz was so good on his Premier League debut against Leicester that he had the BT Sport pundits “drooling” over him, according to Michael Owen.

There is a lot of excitement around Diaz, who joined Liverpool in the January transfer window from Porto for an initial fee of £37.5million, which could increase by a further £12.5m.

Liverpool fans got a chance to see him for the first time in the 3-1 win over Cardiff City in the FA Cup on the weekend, but the Colombian international made his full debut at Anfield on Thursday night.

He didn’t disappoint, putting in an exciting performance on the left side of Jurgen Klopp ’s front three as the hosts ran out 2-0 winners over Leicester.

Diogo Jota was the star of the show, continuing his brilliant form with two goals, but former Liverpool striker Owen had his eyes drawn by Diaz.

Michael Owen
Michael Owen was “drooling” over Luis Diaz’s performance

“We were just drooling over him,” he said on BT Sport at half-time.

“Don’t get me wrong, he hasn’t done anything in particular where you think, ‘wow he’s created an unbelievable chance,’ but I love his sharpness.

“He looks quick, he looks lively, he looks like he presses the ball, doesn’t mind running at players and beating them.

“I think he looks like a Liverpool player, he really does look like he’s going to fit into this team like a glove. Brilliant player.

Luis Diaz of Liverpool in action with James Justin of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield
Luis Diaz caught the eye on his Premier League debut for Liverpool

“Already in the short fleeting appearance so far, he looks like he suits that red shirt.”

Diaz’s best moments came in the second half, as he twice went close to opening his account for his new club.

The 25-year-old unleashed a powerful shot which Kasper Schmeichel had to palm away after Mohamed Salah struck the crossbar with a curling effort.

The Danish goalkeeper thwarted him once again minutes later as he just kept out a low effort which nearly went through his legs into the net.

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Diogo Jota of Liverpool scores their side's second goal with team mates as players of Leicester City look dejected during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City
Diogo Jota scored both goals for Liverpool against Leicester

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Despite not getting on the score sheet, Klopp was delighted with what he saw from his new recruit.

“That is exactly how it looked in the training session,” he said post-match.

“He watched us and we showed him a lot of situations. It looks natural. It is really quick I must say. Really, really good performance. He had some outstanding moments.”