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Diaz entered the fray at the break with his side trailing by two goals following Villarreal's blistering start to the semi-final second leg.
But he turned the game on its as he starred on the wing, scoring Liverpool's second goal in their 3-2 win on the night.
And after securing a spot in the Champions League final, the Colombian talent cut an extremely emotional figure.
He broke down in tears as he applauded Liverpool's travelling support at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
Diaz's 'Man of the Match' performance was hailed by BT Sport pundits Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand, who showered him with glowing praise after his brilliant appearance.
Owen said: "I've never seen a player hit the ground running at a club like Luis Diaz."
Ferdinand added: "What a player man. He's my signing of the season. He's mesmeric."
It will be Diaz's first Champions League final, with Liverpool set to play either Manchester City or Real Madrid in Paris on May 28.
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