Former Argentina manager Alfio Basile has questioned why Liverpool brought Porto winger Luis Diaz to Merseyside in the January transfer window.
Colombia forward Diaz has signed a long-term contract with the Reds, understood to run until 2027 after Porto accepted an offer that includes a potential extra £12.5million in add-ons.
The move is subject to obtaining international clearance and a work permit and, with the 25-year-old currently on international duty, he is not expected to arrive on Merseyside until at least the end of this week.
Jurgen Klopp is excited to start working with the winger with the German praising Diaz’s “skillset and character”.
“I’ve not even seen him yet! He hasn’t been to the training ground yet,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Reds’ FA Cup clash against Cardiff City at Anfield on Sunday.
“Just a really good sign that we work on all fronts to try to improve this team. We have to be successful now and in the future. We like pretty much everything about him. I’ve followed him for a while – exceptional. Skillset and character.Really happy we could get him in now. His story so far is a special one. I like that. Now he’s one of us. We can’t wait to welcome him here.”
However, not everyone is convinced of Diaz’s abilities despite the winger providing 14 goals and four assists in 18 Liga NOS appearances for Porto this term.
Former Atletico Madrid and Boca Juniors manager Basile isn’t sure why Liverpool have signed the Colombian after watching him in their recent international matches.
Speaking to Caracol, Basile said: “That Diaz who Liverpool bought… I didn’t see him do anything against Peru or Argentina. Why did Liverpool buy Diaz?”
Meanwhile, Klopp also discussed the club’s transfer strategy at the press conference today, insisting that Liverpool are “building a team for today and tomorrow”.
Klopp added: “Our strategy is to sign right players at the right moment. We recognise issues in terms of positions or contracts. We will never miss having a look ahead.
“That’s what we are doing. Building a team for today and tomorrow.”