DIAZ RESCUES LIVERPOOL AFTER LUTON THREATEN SHOCK TRIUMPH
Luis Diaz put aside a week of personal anguish to emerge from the bench and rescue a 1-1 draw for Liverpool at Luton Town.
The Colombia forward’s involvement was again uncertain after the kidnapping of his parents last week, but he returned following a two-match absence to head in a 95th-minute leveller.
It was a late blow for The Hatters who thought they were on the verge of a famous win when substitute Tahith Chong slid home on the counter attack 10 minutes from time.
Jurgen Klopp’s visitors had started brightly and carved out several opportunities in an open first half, but could not find the breakthrough with the lively Darwin Nunez clipping the bar with one of a number of attempts.
Liverpool tried to step it up a gear following the interval, but it was the hosts who should have gone in front when Carlton Morris was brilliantly denied by Alisson after superb work by Chiedozie Ogbene.
Nunez then had his blushes spared by the offside flag when he blazed a miss of the season contender over the top before the hosts stunned the Merseysiders on 80 minutes.
A lightning break from a Liverpool corner ended with substitute Chong sliding a low shot beyond Alisson to send Kenilworth Road into ecstasy.
The home team looked like seeing out the win but Diaz emerged as a late substitute to head in Harvey Elliott’s cross deep into time added on. The Reds forward celebrated by lifting his jersey to reveal a message: ‘Freedom for Dad.’
The result means Liverpool miss the opportunity to close to within a point of leaders Manchester City and are now three drift of the champions in third spot. Luton’s point shifts them up to 17th and out of the drop zone on goal difference.
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