Barcelona transfer, Man City reality, Summerville links - Liverpool verdict on Luis Diaz's future

Luis Diaz of Liverpool
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Luis Diaz's future at Liverpool has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks.

The Reds signed Diaz from Porto in January 2022 as Jurgen Klopp continued his reshuffle of the club's forward options. Diaz is now one of five forward options for Liverpool alongside Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo.

Diaz scored 13 goals with five assists for Liverpool last season. However, reports in recent weeks have seen the Colombia international linked with a move away from Anfield.

Barcelona continue to be linked with a move to sign Diaz this summer. New head coach Arne Slot will have a big decision to make regarding the future of Liverpool's No.7 in what will be his first transfer window in charge.

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ECHO writers have given their opinions on what should happen next for Diaz and Liverpool as the speculation continues.

Theo Squires

Luis Diaz was Liverpool’s most in-form forward as their campaign petered out and hopes of a quadruple ended in disappointment.

As Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez struggled for form and Diogo Jota again found himself sidelined, the Colombian increasingly became the Reds’ main threat. But while he can beat players for fun and boasts electric pace, question marks about his end-product persist.

He returned 13 goals for Liverpool this season, which is a respectable return for a winger. But his best is also Sadio Mane’s worst from his own six years at Anfield. Meanwhile, Diaz only recorded five assists.

He started the most of the Reds’ five forwards, named in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI on 42 occasions from his 51 appearances. Salah and Nunez trailed on 34 and 33 starts, with Cody Gakpo on 32 starts and Jota on just 19.

Yet Diaz provided the fewest goal contributions with 18. The lowest goalscorer of the quintet, he recorded an assist more than Jota, but would have surely been bottom of that mini-league too if not for the Portuguese’s injuries.

He’s a great player, but are such totals enough when first-choice for Liverpool? Set to turn 28 next season, these are meant to be his peak years too. Is this as good as he gets?

The serious knee injury suffered in 2021/22 has certainly eaten a chunk of Diaz’s Reds career to date. But he does feel like a sellable asset, with supporters growing resigned to seeing him move on.

Mark Wakefield

There was a large amount of excitement when Liverpool announced they were signing Diaz more than two years ago. The forward was regarded as one of the most exciting players in Portugal, and the Reds had seen first and his ability during their meetings in the Champions League.

It would be a surprise, to say the least, if Diaz's Anfield career were to come to an end this summer. It would take a substantial offer from Barcelona, or any club for that matter, in order to tempt Liverpool into letting the forward leave.

Yes, Diaz's goal output has been a talking point this season, and Liverpool would ideally want more consistent numbers in front of goal from one of their starting forwards. But when the Reds were at their most inconsistent this season, Diaz was often the main positive from otherwise disappointing performances from the Reds.

Letting Diaz leave this summer would leave a sense of unfinished business for the player and the club. It feels like the player deserves at least one more season to show that he's capable of being Liverpool's starting left winger - but if the player himself seeks a new challenge then that changes the conversation.

Stephen Killen

Liverpool would be foolish to sell Luis Diaz this summer. While the prospect of banking in excess of £60million may seem appealing, it wouldn’t be a wise move to part ways with a player who was so important this season.

Diaz has his faults and his misses against Manchester City, in the draw at Anfield, stick in the memory but in so many moments, the Colombian international was important.

There won’t be many wingers in the Premier League that strike fear into the defenders more than the 27-year-old. There are arguments that Liverpool could move for Crysencio Summerville but offloading Diaz shouldn’t be used as a makeweight for the Dutch international.

Liverpool are facing another massively important summer transfer window and in Arne Slot’s first season in charge, he needs as much stability as possible. Keeping your best players will provide that.

Isaac Johnson

It seems negligent to let Diaz go this summer. He has been Liverpool’s most consistent attacker this season, with top scorer Mohamed Salah failing to flatter after his injury return and Diogo Jota also suffering setbacks.

Besides, the Colombian still has three years left on his deal and it seems the speculation fire has only been stoked by the fact he has not yet been offered a renewal. So what? Unless Diaz is unhappy, then there’s no need to rush.

His absence would also leave a real dearth in quality on the left flank. Yes, Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo can play there but to nowhere near as much effectiveness. The task for the player should be to build on his output statistics before any kind of mega-money move occurs.

Admittedly, PSG would be a hard club to turn down if Diaz is offered the chance to succeed Kylian Mbappe on fatter wages than he is on at Anfield. But Liverpool hold the cards and ought to stay firm, unless a totally irresistible offer arrives, a la Philippe Coutinho and Barcelona in 2018.

Jack Flintham

The fear for Liverpool fans heading into this new post-Jurgen Klopp era is that too much transition will happen at once which could set the club further back. Klopp's exit can only be compared to that of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Ferguson's exit led to a summer of change that has ultimately set the club on a downward spiral for the decade that has followed. Liverpool can't afford for this to happen too.

Unlike United, Liverpool have a squad of players still in their prime and have managed to steady the ship this season. One of the key men in that revival has been Diaz and thus it would be a shame to see him sold.

Success in Arne Slot's first season would be a top-four finish and a good cup run in either the Champions League, FA Cup or Carabao Cup. His best chance of doing this is to keep game-changers like Diaz at the club so it would be foolish to sell him off this summer.