Luis Diaz came off the bench to earn a precious point as Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Sunday (5 November).
The Reds were easily the dominant team of the two but they lacked the cutting edge. Tahith Chong sparked wild celebrations among the home fans after he steered in Issa Kabore’s cross of a superb counter-attack in the 80th minute.
Liverpool were heading for yet another defeat but Diaz rescued them with a stoppage-time goal.
Jurgen Klopp was clearly frustrated with his side’s performance, and he revealed what he told his players after the game.
“We had 0.0 counter-pressing in the first half. That’s something I take personally. I told the boys that’s certainly not OK,” said Klopp, as quoted by Daily Mail (The verdict, print edition).
Emotional moment for Diaz
It has been a hellish week for Diaz whose parents were kidnapped in Colombia.
While the government of Colombia is active, his father remains missing. The Reds forward lifted his shirt to show a message of “freedom for papa” as he scored a late equaliser.
The 26-year-old had barely trained last week but wanted to be a part of this game. Luton were heading for a deserved first league win of the season at Kenilworth Road and a first victory over the Reds since 1991, but they will have to wait for a while.
Darwin Nunez had a nightmare time in front of the goal as he missed several gilt-edged opportunities.
Liverpool remain third in the table, three points behind leaders Manchester City, and two behind Tottenham Hotspur who will play against Chelsea on Monday.