Luis Diaz is expected to start on the bench for Liverpool against Leeds United, marking the winger’s long-awaited return from injury
The Colombian international is expected to start on the bench against the Whites, according to the Reds’ official website, with Diaz set to return to the Liverpool squad after a six-month injury that has kept the 26-year-old out for the majority of the season.
With Thiago Alcantara set to make his first start in months, Liverpool’s squad has never looked stronger ahead of the final Premier League games of the season, with the Reds needing all the quality they can muster if they are to finish in Europe.
And Diaz’s return could be the most crucial of all, with Jurgen Klopp admitting earlier this week that the winger has been fully fit in training ahead of his long-awaited return to Premier League action.
Indeed, returning players could be crucial to Liverpool finishing in the top seven, and with Diaz now back in the matchday squad, the Reds could have an incredible weapon off the bench against Leeds, where three points will be crucial in the remaining league games.
Diaz could lead Liverpool to a decisive victory over Leeds at Elland Road.
Diaz’s presence in the attack has undoubtedly been missed by Liverpool, with the Colombian international being one of the Reds’ most consistent performers and a dangerous winger for many Premier League defenses, and the forward could play a key role in winning all three points in Yorkshire.
While Leeds will not be easy opponents, Diaz’s impact could mean the difference between an easy win and a narrow victory in a cagey affair, with the forward’s return to full fitness a defining factor for the Reds in the coming weeks.