Liverpool player ratings: five score 4/10 and ‘peripheral’ 3/10 as Luis Diaz rescues draw vs Luton - gallery
Luis Diaz came to Liverpool’s rescue as they snatched a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Luton Town in the Premier League at Kenilworth Road.
The Colombian, who missed the past two games following his parents’ kidnapping in his homeland, came off the bench to salvage a point for the Reds in stoppage-time. Jurgen Klopp’s side turned in by far their worst display of the season and could count themselves fortunate to share the spoils against the Hatters.
Darwin Nunez had six efforts on goal for Liverpool in the first half but couldn’t take any. The Uruguay international’s best opportunity arrived in the 13th minute when he latched onto Trent Alexander-Arnold’s through ball but Nunez’s effort hit the bar.
On 24 minutes, Luton could only partially clear a Reds free-kick and the rebound fell kindly for Mo Salah but he sent a half-volley into orbit. Then in the 33rd minute, Diogo Jota had a decent chance well saved by Hatters keeper Thomas Kaminski.
Liverpool struggled to break down a resolute Luton defence after the interval and the home side went close to opening the scoring themselves in the 65th minute but Alisson Becker did well to keep out Carlton Morris.
Then on 70 minutes, Nunez somehow spurned a gilt-edged chance from two yards for Liverpool. Salah got his header wrong but the ball fell kindly for the ex-Benfica striker yet somehow missed the target. Although the offside flag was raised, replays showed that Salah and Nunez were both onside and VAR would have intervened had the ball been turned into the net.
And with 10 minutes remaining, the Reds were duly punished. Klopp’s side wanted a penalty when Virgil van Dijk’s header from a corner struck the arm of Luton’s Ross Barkley. The hosts launched a swift counter-attack, which was rounded off by Tahith Chong to leave Liverpool stunned.
And as it appeared the Reds would suffer a humbling loss, Diaz came off the bench to head home the equaliser in what’s been an emotional week for the winger.
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