Jurgen Klopp includes new £37.5m signing Luis Diaz in his Liverpool squad for FA Cup tie against Cardiff at Anfield… just 48 hours after the Colombian arrived at the Reds’ training base for the first time
- New Liverpool signing Luis Diaz arrived in Merseyside for the first time on Friday
- The Colombian had a first meeting with Jurgen Klopp and met his team-mates
- Klopp has revealed he is tempted to give Diaz his Liverpool debut on Sunday
- The Reds take on Cardiff City at Anfield in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday
Jurgen Klopp has included Luis Diaz in his squad for Liverpool’s FA Cup clash with Cardiff just 48 hours after the Colombian arrived in Merseyside following his January transfer.
Diaz, who Liverpool signed from Porto on deadline day for an initial £37.5million, only arrived on Merseyside at 10am on Friday after waiting for work permit forms in Paris. He started the week in Argentina, where he played in Colombia’s 1-0 defeat.
It has been a hectic time for the 25-year-old, who only met Klopp in person for the first time on Friday. Now, Sportsmail understands that he is in the squad for the fourth-round tie with the Bluebirds.
Jurgen Klopp has included Luis Diaz in his Liverpool squad to face Cardiff in the FA Cup
£37.5m signing Diaz arrived at Anfield on Friday after finishing his Colombia international duty
‘It’s not easy to sit around in Paris waiting for the papers,’ said Klopp. ‘It is not the best time in your life and doesn’t help with recovery. Let’s have a look.
‘I wouldn’t say no because I would be excited as well about giving him a few minutes at a sold-out Anfield.’
Liverpool gazumped Tottenham and Manchester United to land Diaz and Klopp believes he will bring the best out of the club’s current strikers.
‘We need options,’ he said. ‘Fresh blood as well and that’s what we did with Diogo Jota when he came here and now when we signed Luis. A club has to be ready for pretty much all scenarios. We feel in a good place.’
Klopp admits he ‘wouldn’t say no’ to giving Diaz a run-out at Anfield on Sunday in the cup