Luis Diaz has labelled his consolation goal during Liverpool’s defeat in Naples last night as ‘worthless.’
Diaz’s goal against Napoli was the high point of a turgid evening for The Reds. But speaking to ESPN as transcribed by gol.caracol, the Liverpool forward was understandably downbeat.
“The goal I scored was worthless, it would have been important if it helped the team more. We have to improve and look at what is being done for what is coming which is much more important. We are in this together and I know this will change,” said the 25-year-old.
Since I scored the goal I felt much better and it was easier. I had that confidence, that desire to take the team forward and try to turn the result around, but it was complicated, because they already had many goals ahead.”
Diaz holds his head high, as others lose theirs
Diaz couldn’t have done too much more to bring Liverpool back into the game last night. After a quiet first-half, he came to life once Piotr Zielinski had scored Napoli’s fourth.
The Colombian put the team on his shoulders. As his teammates looked accepting of their fate, the spindly wide man visibly believed Liverpool could still get something.
His goal immediately after Napoli’s fourth potentially stemmed the tide for more to come. Diaz then showed immense desire to get on the end of a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross to force Alex Meret into a reaction save.
If the whole Liverpool squad came away from the evening knowing they’d been in a game, perhaps only Napoli right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo could say the same.
In the end it was futile. It was always going to be. But those who turn up on games such as these immediately win a place in the hearts of supporters.
Diaz had already done that with his quality and likeability. If it were possible though, last night actually enhanced his reputation amongst the fan base.
On a night where so many Liverpool player’s stock fell so dramatically, that’s no mean feat.
Fans won’t forget Diaz’s efforts to turn a horrendous game around. Hopefully a few more of those around him follow his lead and turn up on Saturday.