Jurgen Klopp hopes Luis Diaz’s arrival will inspire Liverpool’s other strikers

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes the arrival of new signing Luis Diaz will provoke a response from his current four forwards.

The German has also warned that the club -and therefore the players- cannot sit still and must always be looking to progress.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will turn 30 in the summer and the trio have contracts that expire 12 months later.

Due to his current form, Salah’s ongoing negotiations have attracted the most attention, but his fellow strikers also have a future to consider and the £37.5m arrival from 25-year-old Diaz is the latest attempt. to refresh the front line after Diogo Jota joined from Lobos in September 2020.

The arrival of Luis Diaz provides additional competition for Liverpool’s established forward three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah (Laurence Griffiths/PA)

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Asked how he expected his established stars to react to the Colombian international’s arrival, Klopp said: “How people in the sport react.

“First of all, nothing happened other than we brought in a really good player. Now we really have to work with Luis and everyone else as well.

“The reaction of the players is always that they have to perform at the highest level. That always has to be the case.

“Our players, even when we had injuries and only three available up front, tried their best all the time and that’s why we’ve had quite a bit of success in recent years.

“But we can’t expect us to get through this with three or four players. We need options and we need help.

This club is too big to depend on just one person, be it me or a player, and it has to be prepared for all the different scenarios.

Jurgen Klopp on increasing competition in the team

“All development includes fresh blood as well and that’s what we did with Diogo when he came here and now that we signed Luis it’s exactly the same.

“Players can have plans for their future, but a club needs to be prepared for almost every scenario and that’s what we do between games all the time.

“This club is too big to depend on just one person, be it me or a player, and it has to be prepared for all the different scenarios.

“We are constantly preparing for today and also for tomorrow. This is how our work has to be. We feel in a good place right now.”

Diaz flew to Liverpool John Lennon Airport from Paris, where he was awaiting the outcome of his visa application, on Friday afternoon.

That left him little time to get acquainted with his new manager, his team-mates and his surroundings ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Cardiff.

But if there is a chance to put him in the team just to test the atmosphere and give fans a chance to see the newcomer, Klopp will go out of his way to do it.

“If I had been here yesterday (Thursday) I could have trained a bit and definitely would have considered it,” he added.

“I don’t know, give me a second to meet him and ask him how his last two or three days went. It is not easy to sit in Paris waiting for the newspapers.

“It is not the best moment of your life and it does not help you to recover from the intense period you had with two games for Colombia and massive trips.

“Let’s take a look. I wouldn’t say no because I’d also be excited to give him a few minutes at a sold-out Anfield, but let’s see.”


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