Ruben Dias has already warned Man City about Liverpool’s new signing Porto forward Luis Diaz
Liverpool are preparing to bolster their attacking ranks by acquiring Luiz Diaz of Porto, who has previously played for Manchester City.
Porto forward Luis Diaz is expected to join Liverpool after the Reds moved in to pry the Colombian out of Tottenham’s clutches.
Liverpool were reportedly interested in signing the 25-year-old in the summer, but have accelerated their pursuit forward due to Spurs’ interest, and will sign him for an initial fee of £37 million.
Diaz is having a fantastic season in Portugal, where he has progressed from an exciting winger with a few stunning goals to a clinical finisher in the last two seasons.
In 28 games this season, he has 16 goals and six assists.
City, on the other hand, were aware of his abilities long before he became so vicious in front of goal.
City faced Porto in their first Champions League group stage match at the start of the 2020/21 season.
Despite coming back to win 3-1, the Blues were down a goal after just 14 minutes, with Diaz scoring.
The move began when Ruben Dias’ throw was intercepted by Porto, who were just in their third game together.
Mateus Uribe snatched the ball and tossed it to Diaz. He raced from just inside the half-way line all the way across the pitch and into the penalty box, eluding the lone half-hearted challenger before blasting into the bottom corner.
Even though City finally triumphed, Dias was irritated by the goal and didn’t hold back in his criticism of City’s defense after the game.
“We cannot concede a goal like that,” Dias told BT Sport.
“Someone needs to stop him and we need to regroup in a better way but football is about mistakes and learning from them. The teams that learn better are the teams that grow better.”
City didn’t concede in the Champions League again until the quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund the following season, and they went on to keep 18 clean sheets in the Premier League.
City, on the other hand, must remember Dias’ warnings when they face Liverpool on April 9, knowing that Diaz would punish them if they make even one mistake. And this time, the stakes could be considerably higher.