Soccer-Diaz opens Liverpool account as Salah crosses 150 mark | The mighty 790 KFGO

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LIVERPOOL (Reuters) – On the day Mohamed Salah scored his 150th goal for Liverpool in a 3-1 win over Norwich City, new signing Luis Diaz registered the first of what manager Juergen Klopp hopes will be many.

The Colombian, who joined Porto in late January, scored 10 minutes from time to kill brave Norwich, unleashing a superb finish from Jordan Henderson’s through ball.

As Egyptian talisman Salah, who only trails Roger Hunt in the number of games needed to reach 150, and Sadio Mane’s head-butt grabbed the headlines, Diaz could be a crucial figure in the title race .

Especially with Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino injured.

Klopp almost ran out of superlatives for Salah and was then asked about the striker’s goal and some of his favorites from the collection.

“Today was really cheeky to be honest,” Klopp said. “I remember the Chelsea goal where he cut inside and thundered into the far corner, some of the dribbling, against City and Watford. United’s goal pleases me a lot.

“I don’t remember all 150, but I remember a lot. There were some good goals. The first at Watford, it was perhaps the easiest goal he had scored since he was here.

“No one could have expected on that day he scored at Watford in that time frame that it would be possible for him to score 149 more. Really special.

Klopp also reserved praise for Diaz.

“We have now seen two games when Luis played – came or played – where he was absolutely amazing. Today was hard work for him too, it was a tricky meeting, a tricky meeting.

“So staying on the pitch, staying in the game then shows the real quality because we changed the system and brought Luis in the center and Sadio in his natural position.

“He’s just an exceptional talent, a very, very good player. I think he’s very happy tonight. He should be.”

On an otherwise perfect day for Liverpool in their quest to win Manchester City, the only cloud was the news that Firmino might be out for a few games.

“With Diogo it looks a bit better than we initially thought,” Klopp said. “With Bobby, we didn’t even know he had something until he felt it after the game (midweek).

“We all thought it was a small thing, but it’s a muscle injury and we have to see how long it will take.”

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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