Luis Diaz says Liverpool know they have to do better and reflects on ‘special bond’ with Mohamed Salah |  Soccer News

Luis Diaz says Liverpool know they have to do better and reflects on ‘special bond’ with Mohamed Salah | Soccer News

Luis Diaz says Liverpool know they have to do better and reflects on ‘special bond’ with Mohamed Salah |  Soccer News

Luis Diaz says Liverpool’s start to the season is not “problematic” but admits they need to do better after picking up just two points from their opening three Premier League games.

Jurgen Klopp’s side followed up draws at Fulham and at home to Crystal Palace with a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United on Monday – a result that saw Erik ten Hag earn his first points as Man Utd manager at the third time.

Those results leave Liverpool 16th in the table and, with the season still in its infancy, Diaz acknowledges that things need to improve.

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“It was a bit of a difficult start,” said the Colombian striker. “It’s not quite the start we wanted to the season. We’re a club that earns three points in every game we play.

“I wouldn’t say it’s problematic for the players or for the coach, but we all know we have to do better.”

Liverpool entered the game at Man Utd as heavy favourites, given that their opponents had started the season with defeats against Brighton and Brentford, while Klopp’s side had won 5-0 in the same game last season. last.

But goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford meant Liverpool were forced to taste defeat for the first time in five Premier League visits to Old Trafford and Diaz said: “We knew in advance it would be a tough game. .

“We were fully aware of the type of rivalry that exists between the clubs and we knew we had a big task ahead of us. It didn’t work out for us that day.

“We know now that we just have to do our job and train hard, rest hard and look forward to the next game, when we can hopefully rack up the points and start the season well.”

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‘Liverpool fans are the biggest’

Although Diaz admitted he was unhappy with Liverpool’s current situation, he allowed himself to be positive about his own performances.

The 25-year-old started after joining Anfield from Porto for £49million in January and has continued to impress early in this campaign, including with a magnificent individual effort that saved a point for Liverpool at 10. against Palace.

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“Personally, I feel great,” Diaz said. “I got off to a good start. I’m happy with my own performances, I feel good and I had a very successful finish.

“I’m very happy to bring my grain of sand to the whole team. We all have to contribute in this way.

“I’m very happy to be here at this great club, with exceptional players, and it’s a very professional setup that I’ve experienced.

“The main thing now is to improve and have decent experiences behind us for the rest of the season.”

Diaz’s effort against Palace thrilled the Anfield crowd as it looked like their side were on their way to a shock home defeat, and he says he is grateful for their appreciation.

“I would like to thank God for scoring this goal,” Diaz said. “It helped us get that big point, a very important point for us, so I was delighted to score that.

“I think it’s important that I make myself available to receive those opportunities to continue and score.

“The fans, I felt from the start that there was this strong passion and respect and love for me. I felt it right away. I can feel that they are the biggest fans in the world. .”

Diaz: Playing with Salah is great

Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick in Liverpool's 5-0 thrashing of Man Utd last season at Old Trafford
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Mohamed Salah committed his future to Liverpool this summer

Diaz appears to have nailed the starting position on the left wing in Klopp’s 4-3-3 formation following Sadio Mane’s exit for Bayern Munich, but a familiar face remains on the opposite flank.

Mohamed Salah – who signed a new three-year contract over the summer – continues to be a key player for Liverpool and has scored in games against Fulham and Man Utd.

While both players have a central role in Klopp’s forward line, Diaz admitted he was still willing to play in the same team as Salah.

“It’s great for me to be able to share my position in the team with Mo,” Diaz said. “I have seen him for many years on television in so many tournaments and I would like to say that I am proud of myself, to have reached this position where I can share these experiences with him, wear the same shirt and be a teammate to him, it’s really something special.

“Every day, playing alongside players like him helps you improve, not only in a footballing sense as a player, but also as a person.

“He’s a great guy and there’s a very special bond between him and me, and between all of us, in fact.”

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