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Luis Diaz produced a moment of sublime skill, as Liverpool took on Everton in a huge Merseyside derby for both teams on Sunday.
Diaz has hit the ground running since signing for Liverpool in January, and has already become an integral part of their push for an historic quadruple.
On Sunday, the forward didn't start against Everton but came on in the second half for Sadio Mane, as Jurgen Klopp's side pushed for a winner.
He came up with a moment of pure magic, in a match that was generally more pragmatic and battling than beautiful, bringing the ball down with the most wonderful of touches.
If I would of tried that Diaz touch I would of probably broke my leg— PVDS (@thetack40) April 24, 2022
the noise that just came out of my mouth when diaz did that touch— 𝒌 (@karlaslfc) April 24, 2022
Imagine your first touch of a Merseyside derby being that bit of sauce from Diaz 😅— V (@JotaBeJoking) April 24, 2022
That touch from Diaz was fucking filthy. It’s rare you see a player walk into the league and just not look fazed by it at all. He will be rampant next season when he’s starting more often than not.— John Reese (@John_E_Reese) April 24, 2022
Omg that Luis Diaz first touch filthy. pic.twitter.com/V7Gehahc3Z— Shaka Zulu Shakur (@BamaLFC334) April 24, 2022
Liverpool knew that they needed to win because Manchester City had beaten Watford 5-1 on Saturday to go back to four points clear of their title rivals.
Frank Lampard's side were also in need of any kind of result as Burnley's win over Wolves earlier on Sunday, their seventh point in a week, had put the Toffees into the relegation zone for the first time this season.
The visitors set up to defend and hope to hit their hosts on the break and for long spells it looked like it might even work, and they may have had a penalty in the second half.
With half an hour left, Klopp turned to Diaz and Divock Origi to make a difference, and it was the Belgian involved in the opener.
He received a pass from Mohamed Salah in the box, laid it back off to the Egyptian, who crossed for Andrew Robertson to head home for the opener in the 62nd minute.
Diaz's first touch of the game then saw him create magic and, with five minutes left, Origi then had his usual impact on the Merseyside derby by scoring the Reds' second of the game.
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