Michael Owen has admitted that Luis Diaz – the Liverpool hero in opposition to Benfica – can also no longer start in opposition to Manchester City as he first predicted.
Liverpool’s January signing from Porto starred on Tuesday in his first appearance support in Portugal. He got an support for Sadio Mane’s aim in the Champions League quarter-ultimate, ahead of handing the Reds a well-known 3-1 lead on the death.
Ibrahima Konate had opened the scoring from an Andy Robertson corner ahead of Mane’s second.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ball changed into comely to search out Diaz, who headed onto Mane to manufacture it 2-0 to Liverpool.
Benfica hit support by Darwin Nunez and the company grew to alter into sloppy as they had been set below more stress. On the other hand, Diaz scored on the death to revive Liverpool’s well-known two-aim profit heading into the second leg at Anfield.
However ahead of subsequent Wednesday, the Reds play Manchester City in a mouthwatering Premier League title showdown. Owen insisted that he anticipated Diaz to start on Sunday, however has now changed his mind.
“The manner Jurgen Klopp manages his substitutes would imply perchance no longer. Bringing Mo Salah off, Sadio Mane off,” the pundit told BT Sport.
“You would possibly per chance well judge [Diogo] Jota would acquire to play, he’s been playing smartly only recently and didn’t start on the unique time, so doubtlessly no longer.
“Old to the game I belief he [Diaz] can also perform in fact, however in line with that on the unique time – leaving him on for the plump game – he can also presumably be thinking of the assorted three.”
Whoever Klopp picks, he is no longer going to quiz of any roughly fall-off in quality. Mane
On the other hand, Peter Crouch insisted that the supervisor would possibly per chance well acquire predominant disorders on the support of the scenes alongside with his facet’s second-half of display hide.
Liverpool lost the ball a series of situations and can also no longer wrestle support adjust of the game. Nunez’s aim did no longer support, and so Diaz’s third on the pause grew to alter into the total more well-known.
Luis Diaz aim hides Liverpool problems
Crouch said: “They’ve got a predominant consequence there, I don’t judge Jurgen Klopp will most definitely be over the moon with the performance.
“I belief second half of, Benfica – even supposing they set them below stress – I belief Liverpool had been sloppy at situations. He’ll pull those avid gamers up, doubtlessly privately.
“He can also near out and no longer be fuming, however I judge in the dressing room afterwards I judge he’ll be fairly alive to on about a of the sloppy passing that went on.
“However they got the job done, they had been clinical and Luis Diaz has given them a wide boost going into the second leg.”
Man City had been also in Champions League quarter-ultimate motion on Tuesday. They edged a 1-0 clutch from their first leg with Atletico Madrid.