“It's a wonderful moment, but it doesn't change the situation, the most important thing is that his father is released,” coach Jürgen Klopp said on Sunday after Luis Diaz's equalizing goal for Liverpool at Luton (1- 1).
The 26-year-old winger returned after missing two matches with the Reds on Sunday, eight days after his parents were kidnapped by gunmen in Colombia. His mother was rescued but his father is still in captivity.
“It’s wonderful that he wanted to be here. For us it’s a super important goal and for him it’s very important and very emotional, but that’s it,” Klopp told Sky Sports. The Colombian international equalized in added time, around ten minutes after coming on.
“We knew he would be threatening. We didn't know how long he could play because he only had a few (practice) sessions with the team, but that's not what's most important today. He scored the goal but we need to see improvement in Colombia,” added Klopp.
In front of the broadcaster's camera, goalkeeper Alisson Becker also praised the left winger's performance despite the tragic events affecting him. “It says a lot about his character and his inner strength. I can’t imagine what he’s going through.” “We support him and we feel his pain, but for him it’s on another level,” Alisson said. “Football brings joy to Luis at the moment. When you are in the field, you concentrate on your work. He did it for us.”