Liverpool new signing Luis Diaz could make his FA Cup debut against Cardiff City on Sunday and he has now explained why he will wear number 23 for the club.
Liverpool new signing Luis Diaz has explained why he took the number 23 shirt after completing his move from Porto.
Diaz has joined Liverpool on a five-year contract worth £90,000 a week last week after agreeing to pay Porto £37.5m up front and £12.5m in potential top-ups
The 25-year-old winger will be competing for places in Liverpool’s forward positions, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah still out for international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.
He is a hugely exciting addition for Liverpool, who beat Tottenham and Barcelona when signing the Colombia international.
There’s plenty of excitement for Diaz, who joins Jurgen Klopp’s side having netted 16 goals and four assists in 26 appearances for Porto in 2021/22.
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And he will follow in the footsteps of Xherdan Shaqiri, Emre Can, Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler by donning the No.23 for Liverpool.
“The main reason for choosing it is that I used to wear it in the team where I started my playing career at Junior Barranquilla,” Diaz told the club website .
“That’s where I took my first steps in the game, so I grew up with that number and things went well for me.
“That’s what gave me the idea to choose it again and wear it here. Now hearing about those big names you mentioned who have worn it in the past, it’s up to me to wear it well and do my best to help the team and the coaching staff in everything what they need from me, to be ready to play whenever I’m asked.
Diaz was only officially announced as a Liverpool player six days ago but could make his debut against Cardiff in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.
The Colombian met Klopp and his teammates at the club’s training base in Kirkby this week and is eager to leave.
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“I am committing to be available from today, the very first day of my arrival,” he said.
“I already trained a bit today, I was on the pitch and then in the gymnasium.
“So yeah, my mindset is that I’m ready to help my team and do my part and contribute, like you said.
“I am available to the manager and his coaching staff for anything they need from me, and I will be ready to leave at any time.”
Diaz was forced to wait in Paris for his paper to be sorted, so he didn’t have much time to settle in Liverpool, so Klopp will be careful with his workload.
“It’s not the best time of your life, it’s not helping you recover from an intense period that he also had with two games for Colombia, massive trips, all that kind of stuff. So, let’s take a look,” he said.
“I would not say no [to playing vs Cardiff] because I would love it too. A few minutes in a sold-out Anfield is good. But let’s see.