Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has backed Luis Diaz to become a constant threat for the Premier League club in front of opposing goals, saying the team set-up will help the Colombian emulate the goalscoring feats of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané.
Diaz has adapted quickly since joining Liverpool from Porto in January, but has yet to match his goalscoring output in Portugal.
The 25-year-old attacker was about to score in Liverpool’s draw against Fulham (2-2), with a cross shot that hit the post.
Asked if Diaz is a player who can score between 10 and 15 goals in a season, Klopp told reporters: “That’s definitely his quality. We have to see it, but of course that’s his potential.”
“You see the situations he had (Díaz against Fulham), great chances, and he was unlucky,” Klopp added, speaking before Monday’s home game against Crystal Palace.
“He’s had these moments blocked a couple of times already, but he’s in really good shape actually, he looks really good – and that’s more important to me who’s in these situations.”
Egyptian Salah and Senegalese Mane, who joined Bayern Munich in June, have thrived in Liverpool’s attack in recent seasons, and Klopp said the club’s system was tailor-made for developing attacking talent.
“It’s the way we play, it’s the way we get guys into situations,” Klopp said.
“It’s the way we play, how we position the players, how we protect the players, where we get the ball back and all this kind of stuff… That’s why they’re going to have a lot of goal-scoring situations.”