Luis Diaz to Return at Own Pace Following Father’s Kidnapping, Jurgen Klopp Reveals

“The Toughest Challenge” – Klopp Discusses Luis Diaz’s Parents’ Kidnapping

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has opened up about the difficult situation faced by winger Luis Diaz, whose father was recently kidnapped in Colombia. Diaz has been absent from the team’s last two matches against Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth.

Klopp revealed that Diaz returned to training with the squad ahead of their upcoming trip to Luton Town on Sunday. However, the manager emphasized that he will allow the Colombian player to determine when he feels ready to make his comeback.

“He was back in training two days ago, had a session yesterday, and will be part of the team,” Klopp stated. “We have to be patient – if he feels ready, he will be here and train with us.”

The Liverpool manager observed that Diaz seemed fine when he was with his teammates, but it was evident that he hadn’t slept much. Klopp acknowledged that they need to assess Diaz’s condition and proceed accordingly.

Diaz’s father, Luis Manuel, was reportedly abducted at gunpoint along with his wife by left-wing rebels. The Colombian government, currently engaged in peace talks with the responsible group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), confirmed the abduction. The government delegation negotiating with the ELN has demanded the immediate release of Luis Manuel Diaz, while an ELN representative has indicated that he will soon be freed.

“I received the news from Colombia indirectly, not personally,” Klopp added. “Any glimmer of hope is positive. We are eagerly awaiting the good news, but that’s all we can do for now.”

Regarding the team’s plans, Klopp expressed that they are waiting to see where they can pick up Diaz and will proceed accordingly. However, he emphasized that the decision ultimately lies with the player himself, and he will not force anything upon him.

Liverpool, currently on a four-match winning streak in all competitions, will face Luton in the Premier League on Sunday. Klopp’s side currently sits in fourth place, three points behind league leaders Tottenham Hotspur.

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