By Noel Whelan
Noel Whelan has insisted Luis Diaz’s injury prognosis will be a “massive blow” for struggling Liverpool.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 25-year-old has been one of the bright sparks for the Reds in an “average” campaign so far.
Football Insider exclusively revealed via Liverpool sources early on Monday (10 October) that the club fear Diaz is “out for months” after he left the Emirates Stadium on crutches and with his knee in a brace following the 3-2 loss against Arsenal.
Jürgen Klopp confirmed Trent Alexander-Arnold and Luis Diaz will require scans on the respective injuries they sustained at Arsenal on Sunday.
It was later widely reported on Monday night, including by BBC Sport, that Diaz will be sidelined until after the World Cup in late December.
The Colombia international laid on the assist for Darwin Nunez’s first-half equaliser on Sunday (9 October) but was withdrawn just minutes later.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was also forced off at half-time after suffering an ankle injury and both players will undergo scans to assess the seriousness of their problems.
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Diaz has notched four goals and three assists in 11 outings this term – his first full campaign since joining Liverpool for a reported £50million in January.
Whelan insisted the winger is one of a limited number of Reds stars “playing to the best of their ability right now”.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s a massive blow for Liverpool.
“If they have a spark at the moment, it usually comes from Diaz – and we usually say that about Salah.
“But at the minute, since he came in – he’s made an instant impression. He gets people off the edge of their seat with his control and his ability.
“He’s been one of Liverpool’s best players in a very average start to the season.
“He’s one of the only ones who is playing to the best of their ability right now, so to lose him is a massive blow.
“Let’s just hope it’s not as serious as it seems.”
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By Noel Whelan