Luis Diaz shows Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah’s dream plan at Liverpool

Liverpool shocked the footballing world this morning with a surprise move for Luis Diaz.

The Reds are looking to complete a deal for the winger after hijacking Tottenham’s offer with one of their own. The Colombian could leave FC Porto for around £37.5m.

It’s a statement signed by the Reds and which should shape Jurgen Klopp’s future attack.

Diaz will join Diogo Jota among other places on Merseyside, and his arrival is likely to have quite a dramatic impact on the future of the Portuguese striker, who has scored 10 Premier League goals this season.

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Jota initially arrived at Liverpool with a reputation as a versatile wide striker, but since working under Klopp he has mainly been deployed through the middle as a No.9 of sorts.

Despite his pivotal role, Jota consistently demonstrated he was a long-term replacement for Sadio Mane, playing down the left flank and heading inside before scoring with either foot.

However, Diaz is very much in Mane’s mold and unlike Jota, his position for Porto has been fixed on the left flank.

The South American is direct, energetic and quick in possession, and is almost certain to be fielded in the same side at Anfield as he plays in Portugal.

Indeed, he doesn’t seem as versatile as Jota, who can basically play anywhere in the final third.

Considering Diaz is only 25, he could occupy the left side of Liverpool’s attack for the next five years or more, suggesting Jota is likely to stay in the middle going forward as Roberto’s heir. Firmino rather than de Mane.

If the Reds manage to keep Mohamed Salah at the club by meeting his contractual demands, Klopp’s next top three could be Diaz on the left, Jota in the middle and Salah on the right.

Liverpool’s infamous front three would therefore be made up of new players in such a scenario, but they would still tick the same boxes as before: physical, aggressive, fast, hardworking, tricky and goal-cramming.

As the Reds close in on Diaz, fans are getting a glimpse of the team’s next generation.