Connect with us

ARTICLES

“You will train with Virgil”- Liverpool coach reveals how he convinced Luis Diaz to snub Tottenham

Published

on

Pep Lijnders reveals how he convinced Luis Diaz to join Liverpool in January amidst Tottenham Hotspur interest

Luis Diaz joined Liverpool back in January for an initial fee of around £37million. The Colombian winger famously had interest from Tottenham Hotspur around that time.

The Reds wanted to sign him in the summer but apparently, interest from Antonio Conte’s side scared them into action. Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders, who has managed the senior side whenever Jurgen Klopp has been available, has given some additional details on that pursuit.

Reading the quotes from an excerpt from his new book ‘Intensity: Inside Liverpool FC – Our Identity’ (h/t Liverpool Echo), it becomes clear just how desperate the Reds got to land the 25-year-old during the winter window.

“I was on a skiing trip with my wife Danielle when, during dinner, our sporting director called me. You and Jurgen have to speak with Luis Diaz in five minutes. We’ve just agreed with Porto but Tottenham are all-in as well.”

Dejan Kulusevski joined Tottenham instead of Luis Diaz.
Dejan Kulusevski joined Tottenham instead of Luis Diaz. (Photo by CHRISTINE OLSSON/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)

He then went on to mention how he convinced Diaz into coming to Anfield by saying that he would get to train with some of the best defenders in the world. That would, in turn, make him a stronger player.

“The good thing is you will train with Virgil, Robbo and Trent and they will make you so much stronger. Our idea is to create and score; you will have to tear these guys apart each day in training, which will make you better.”

Julian Ward, the club’s sporting director, then added a bit of a dramatic effect. Apparently, it was enough to convince Diaz to snub Spurs and join the Reds instead.

“Julian [Ward] then walked with his phone to the trophy cabinet at AXA and finished with ‘we want to add to this and that’s why we want you’.”

Luis Diaz passes the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round football match.
Luis Diaz passes the ball during the English FA Cup fourth-round football match. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Tottenham ended up signing Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur on deadline day of the January transfer window. The Swedish winger hit the ground running and was one of our best players in the closing stages of last season.

As for Diaz, he won the FA Cup and the League Cup final with Liverpool. Porto won the Primeira Liga title but Liverpool fell one point short in the Premier League title race.

He also started the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid. Tottenham have managed to qualify for the competition for next season and would hope to take revenge from the Reds if they come face-to-face again.

More Tottenham News:

The two met in the UCL final back in 2019, where Spurs lost 2-0. Diaz and Kulusevski were still a couple of years away from joining their current sides back then but both of them are now expected to be one their main men going forward.

Spurs Transfer News

Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur remain keen on Lyon star Lucas Paqueta. Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur remain keen on Lyon star Lucas Paqueta.
ARTICLES10 hours ago

Transfer News: Tottenham tracking creative playmaker playing in France

Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta According to Football.London (h/t Evening Standard), Tottenham Hotspur are tracking...

Gary Neville of Manchester United with Jamie Carragher during the Legends of the North match. Gary Neville of Manchester United with Jamie Carragher during the Legends of the North match.
ARTICLES18 hours ago

Carragher tells Tottenham only one summer signing will be regular starter under Conte

Tottenham Hotspur told only Yves Bissouma will be regular under Antonio Conte out of all summer signings Antonio Conte has...

Tanguy Ndombele seems likely to leave Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images) Tanguy Ndombele seems likely to leave Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
ARTICLES19 hours ago

Journo claims Serie A side have reached agreement to sign Tottenham flop on loan

Transfer News: Napoli reach agreement with Tottenham Hotspur to loan Tanguy Ndombele Fabrizio Romano claims that Napoli have reached an...

Six players could leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer, including Steven Bergwijn and Tanguy Ndombele. Six players could leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer, including Steven Bergwijn and Tanguy Ndombele.
ARTICLES20 hours ago

Fabrizio Romano confirms Tottenham star is in Spain to complete summer move

Fabrizio Romano confirms Tottenham star Giovani Lo Celso set to leave for Villarreal Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso is...

Antonio Conte is pragmatic about the transfer strategy at Tottenham Hotspur this summer. Antonio Conte is pragmatic about the transfer strategy at Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
ARTICLES1 day ago

“Politics of the club”: Conte remains grounded regarding Tottenham’s transfer strategy

Antonio Conte is pragmatic about the transfer strategy at Tottenham Hotspur this summer Tottenham Hotspur have had an interesting transfer...

Tottenham Hotspur star Giovani Lo Celso on the brink of returning to Villarreal on a season-long loan. Tottenham Hotspur star Giovani Lo Celso on the brink of returning to Villarreal on a season-long loan.
ARTICLES1 day ago

Discarded Spurs star set to return to La Liga outfit this summer

Tottenham Hotspur star Giovani Lo Celso on the brink of returning to Villarreal on a season-long loan According to transfer...

Tottenham Hotspur set to trigger £41 million buy option to make the Cristian Romero transfer permanent. Tottenham Hotspur set to trigger £41 million buy option to make the Cristian Romero transfer permanent.
ARTICLES2 days ago

Tottenham set to trigger £41 million deal to sign on-loan ace permanently

Tottenham Hotspur set to trigger £41 million buy option to make the Cristian Romero transfer permanent According to The Telegraph,...

Tottenham Hotspur officials unhappy with fringe players refusing to quit the club. Tottenham Hotspur officials unhappy with fringe players refusing to quit the club.
ARTICLES2 days ago

Tottenham irked by players refusing to leave amidst concrete interest from elsewhere

Tottenham Hotspur officials unhappy with fringe players refusing to quit the club Officials at Tottenham Hotspur are annoyed by Sergio...

Fabio Paratici enquired about signing Memphis Depay for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer from Barcelona. Fabio Paratici enquired about signing Memphis Depay for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer from Barcelona.
ARTICLES2 days ago

LaLiga star’s move on hold as Paratici enquires about free transfer to Spurs

Fabio Paratici enquired about signing Memphis Depay for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer from Barcelona According to La Gazzetta...

Tottenham Hotspur dealt blow as Inter star Milan Skriniar agrees to personal terms with PSG. Tottenham Hotspur dealt blow as Inter star Milan Skriniar agrees to personal terms with PSG.
ARTICLES3 days ago

Inter still consider £59m Tottenham target sellable; on the lookout for replacement

Transfer News: Inter Milan still consider Tottenham Hotspur target Milan Skriniar sellable Inter Milan chairman Steven Zhang considers Tottenham Hotspur...