Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is relishing the prospect of working with Luis Diaz and says the club remain interested in Fabio Carvalho after failing to get a deal over the line before Monday’s transfer deadline.
Colombia attacker Diaz – a long-standing target for Klopp – completed his move to Anfield from Porto on Sunday in a deal worth an initial £37million, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract.
Diaz, who has been away on international duty, has yet to arrive at Liverpool’s Melwood training complex and his inclusion in Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Cardiff looks unlikely, but Klopp cannot wait to link up with a player who he says possesses “exceptional” attributes.
“We signed him because we like pretty much everything about him, that is how it is,” Klopp told his press conference on Friday.
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“I have followed him now for a while, not only since we played them [Porto] twice in the Champions League. He is an exceptional player; he has the speed, the skillset, the character to have a really good career. We all want him to have this career with us.
“Nowadays you have 16, 17-year-old boys playing at the highest level, maybe he is a bit of a late bloomer [Diaz is 25], but the bloom is exceptional.
“I am really happy that we could get him in now and we can help him, and he can help us. His story is a special one, I like players with special stories behind them. Now he is one of us and we can’t wait to welcome him here and started working together.”