Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp described the preparation for Sunday’s match against Nottingham Forest as the most challenging of his life. The game took an unexpected turn for Reds forward Luis Diaz, as reports emerged that his parents had been kidnapped in Colombia. Understandably, Klopp allowed Diaz to return home to be with his family during this difficult time. While Diaz’s mother has been rescued, his father still remains missing.
Klopp admitted that it was difficult to prioritize a football game when faced with such a distressing situation. He emphasized that the team’s main focus was on supporting Diaz rather than just the result of the match. Despite the circumstances, Liverpool managed to secure their fifth consecutive home win in the Premier League, narrowing the gap to three points behind league leaders Tottenham.
In a statement, Liverpool expressed their awareness of the ongoing situation involving Diaz’s family in Colombia. The club’s primary concern is the player’s well-being, and they hope for a swift and safe resolution. Colombia’s president, Gustavo Petro, confirmed on social media that Diaz’s mother had been rescued and the search for his father continues. The country’s football federation expressed their solidarity with Diaz and his family, urging authorities to take immediate action to resolve the situation.
Diaz, who joined Liverpool from Porto in January 2022, has been an important player this season, featuring in 11 games and scoring three goals. However, he was not included in the squad for the Forest match due to the unfortunate circumstances. Klopp acknowledged the team’s limited ability to assist Diaz directly but emphasized their support and dedication to him during this difficult time.