Minute 90+5 in the confrontation between Luton Town and Liverpool in round 11 of the Premier League, when the score was 1-0 for the home team, it came from a pass from Harvey Elliott, substitute Luis Diaz. sent a dangerous header past goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski to bring home a valuable point for the Red Brigade. That goal was not only important to coach Jurgen Klopp’s team but also to the Colombian player personally – it was like an emotional spring with pent-up anxiety over a loved one being kidnapped and suddenly released. strong.
Yet after scoring the goal, Luis Diaz could not contain his emotions when he lifted his shirt to reveal the words “Free my father”. The player born in 1997 wrote on his personal page: “I pray for my father to be released, hope he is safe and end this painful wait as soon as possible. With each passing moment, we I suffer even more. My mother, my brothers and I are in despair, no words can describe this feeling. The suffering will only end when father returns.”
Luis Diaz’s parents were kidnapped on October 28. His mother was rescued and his father Manuel Diaz has not yet returned. Immediately after the incident, the Colombian player returned to his hometown to negotiate with the criminal group but failed, so he returned to Liverpool before scoring a valuable goal against Luton Town.
It is understandable that Luis Diaz was worried when his father was still in the hands of the kidnapper and he could do nothing to rescue him other than praying. Before playing 17 minutes in round 11, the 26-year-old had to miss two matches against Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth because he was no longer in the mood to play football. But then, his will, energy, and sense of responsibility to the club helped him return. Above all, the Colombian striker’s recent goal and message seemed to shake the world and could help his father overcome danger.
Warm spirit, will and heart of Luis Diaz was praised by his teammate, goalkeeper Alisson Becker. He said: “That says a lot about his character and inner strength. I can’t imagine Diaz is going through such a dark period like this.”
“We are supporting Diaz and everyone feels and understands his pain. But for Diaz himself, it is on another level. Football can bring joy to people who are in a difficult situation. sad scene. Hopefully football brings joy to Luis at this time.”
Currently, according to Colombian authorities’ announcement, Luis Diaz’s father is still safe and will be released at an appropriate time. Liverpool fans in particular and the football world in general are praying for the best things to come to the Colombian striker’s family because his warm heart deserves it.
Danh Nguyen | 03:38 November 7, 2023