In a dramatic turn of events, Liverpool forward Luis Diaz scored a crucial goal in the 95th minute against Luton Town on Sunday, ensuring a 1-1 draw for his team. Diaz’s celebration was poignant, revealing an undershirt with the inscription “Freedom for Dad,” in homage to his father.
The score came following a precise cross from Harvey Elliott, which Diaz converted with a header at the far post. This marked a significant moment for Diaz, as his parents were abducted the previous Saturday by armed individuals at a gas station in Barrancas, Colombia. While Diaz’s mother, Cilenis Marulanda, was swiftly rescued by police, his father’s whereabouts remain unknown.
The Colombian authorities have implicated the National Liberation Army in the abduction. Diaz had missed Liverpool’s recent fixtures due to the incident but chose to participate in Sunday’s match. Entering as a substitute in the 83rd minute, Diaz’s late appearance proved decisive in salvaging a point for Liverpool.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp recognized the emotional weight of the moment, expressing pride over Diaz’s contribution despite limited training. “It’s a wonderful moment but it doesn’t change the situation yet,” Klopp reflected, emphasizing the ongoing concern for Diaz’s father.
Klopp commended Diaz’s determination and noted the importance of his goal not only for the team but also as a personal tribute.