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Porto winger Luis Diaz would fit in perfectly under Jurgen Klopp at Premier League giants Liverpool, his former Junior Barranquilla director Jaime Mascote has told Gol Caracol.

They do say age is but a number, although it seems Liverpool don’t buy in to that particular cliché. 

Just ask Gini Wijnaldum. The Dutchman recently admitted he wanted to stay at Anfield but, after celebrating his 30th birthday a few months earlier, Liverpool were reluctant to meet his demands for a new, long-term contract. It forced the long-serving midfielder to cross the Channel and put pen to paper with Paris Saint-Germain instead (Goal).

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There was even talk in July that captain marvel Jordan Henderson could be pushed out the door having recently turned 31 (Athletic).

And although Henderson signed a new, long-term contract shortly after that report, the implication was clear – anyone entering their fourth decade would face an uncertain future at Anfield. 

It’s surely no coincidence that, with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all turning 30 at some point this season, Liverpool appear to be in the market for a new attacker. And Jornal de Noticias reports Colombian sensation Luis Diaz is top of their wish-list. 

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“He was a very hard-working person, one of the first (to arrive) at training and gave everything, really everything,” says Mascote, highlighting the kind of work rate that would undoubtedly appeal to Jurgen Klopp.  

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“He was very calm but always available for anything, on the field and at commercial events. His growth is due to being a focused person with clear goals, and being humble. 

“Hopefully (Luis) makes it to the big leagues of Europe. I would like to see him in England. Fast football suits his qualities – I imagine him at Liverpool or Manchester United.  

“I think it would be a very good thing for him and for the English championship.” 

Colombia international Diaz, who has a £68 million release clause in his contract, has scored 11 goals in 16 games for Porto this season – one of those coming against Liverpool in the Champions League group stages. 

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