Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp must consider giving Luis Diaz his full debut in the Premier League against Leicester City on Thursday night.
The January signing from Porto came off the bench for his first appearance in a Reds shirt in the FA Cup victory over Cardiff City at the weekend, and is pushing to make the starting line-up against the Foxes.
His case has been made even more pressing by the fact that Klopp has only just seen Mohamed Salah return from AFCON duty with Egypt.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, he said: “Mo is now back, I spoke already to him. He is very disappointed of course, but looking forward to all the things coming up here now.
“He is an experienced player, he is a physical monster, to be honest, so we have to see. He will obviously have a little recovery session today and we will see how he feels tomorrow and from there we go.
“The proper plan we don’t have, play him as often and as long as possible is probably the plan, but we will not rush it. But if he is fine we will not leave him out for the wrong reasons as well, so let’s see.”
In Diaz, the Reds would be unleashing someone who could dove-tail seriously well with Diogo Jota in attack.
The 31-cap Colombia international was in scintillating form for his former side Porto this season, registering a very impressive 16 goals and six assists in only 29 appearances for the Liga NOS giants.
Valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, the 5 foot 10 star has been dubbed a “livewire” and as being “phenomenal” by Portuguese football expert Alex Goncalves – exactly the kind of rave reviews that would have had Klopp excited before his arrival.
With Jota becoming the spearhead of this Liverpool attack, having someone of Diaz’s pace, trickery and end product alongside him is something that could cause any team havoc, not least Leicester tomorrow.
After showcasing some of his talents against the Bluebirds at the weekend, Klopp can really have the Anfield faithful excited by starting Diaz.