Watch: Liverpool’s Luis Diaz destroys Raheem Sterling with filthy skill
Liverpool winger Luis Diaz produced an outrageous flick skill to make his way past Raheem Sterling in their FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester City at Wembley.
It happened early on in the match in the 23rd minute, with the game tied at 0-0, when Diaz found himself isolated on the far left side of the pitch in his own half.
He was pressured by two players in City blue, but the Colombian turned one way and then the other before facing the direction Liverpool were attacking in.
Faced with City’s former Liverpool man Sterling, he flicked the ball over the City man’s head before running onto it on the other side causing cheers to erupt from the Liverpool fans, whose dislike of Sterling has never been hidden.
It was a brilliant moment from the winger, who joined Liverpool in January from Porto for a deal worth almost £40million.
“There is a reason why you sign a player. The reason is the quality that he has. The reason is the way that he is playing the game,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports about Diaz.
“With Luis, where it has been really special is that when we saw him we knew that he would fit in immediately.
“That is really difficult usually but because he did not have to change, that is why we have a really confident boy here.
“He was in a really good moment with Porto, playing good for Colombia, and so he came here full of confidence.
“But what we tried to make sure is that he does not lose that because of the playbook as we tell him that he has to do this and he has to do that.”
Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 to advance to the FA Cup Final, their first since 2012 when they lost to Chelsea.
It keeps their hopes of a historic quadruple alive, with Klopp’s team firmly in the hunt for the Premier League and Champions League as well as the FA Cup as they seek to build on their League Cup win earlier this season.
OH MY GOD LUIS DIAZ STOP THAT NOW pic.twitter.com/OgKYjeH388
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