In a distressing turn of events, Liverpool’s winger, Luis Diaz, is grappling with a harrowing situation as his father, Luis Manuel Diaz, and his spouse were kidnapped at gunpoint in Colombia. While Diaz’s mother was fortunately found alive, his father remains missing, causing immense distress for the footballer.
Due to the traumatic incident, Diaz, 26, chose not to play in Liverpool’s recent matches, including the 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest and the EFL Cup third-round win against Bournemouth. Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, expressed deep empathy for Diaz’s situation, announcing that the player would have the freedom to decide whether he feels ready to play against Luton Town on Sunday, November 5.
During a press briefing, Klopp shared, “We will wait to see how he [Luis Diaz] is and go from there. We will not force the situation – it’s out of our hands. If he feels right, he will train with us.” Diaz, who resumed training, has been visibly affected, evident in his lack of sleep due to the distressing circumstances.
The kidnapping was reportedly orchestrated by the left-wing National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels in Colombia. The ELN, an active guerrilla group since 1964, is responsible for the abduction, leading to a nationwide search for Diaz’s father. Colombian authorities have offered a substantial reward for any information leading to his location, while over 120 police officers and soldiers are tirelessly combing through the country’s north in hopes of reuniting Diaz’s family and bringing his father home safely. The football community stands in solidarity with Luis Diaz during this challenging time, offering their support as he copes with the anguish caused by this tragic event.