It was an emotional day as Diaz returned to the squad for the first time since the kidnapping of his parents, with father Luis Manuel Diaz still missing.
The winger took a place on the bench at Kenilworth Road, with a tough contest unfolding in front of him before Tahith Chong’s late goal put Luton 1-0 up.
Diaz was mobbed by his team-mates in muted celebration, with the winger lifting his shirt to reveal the words “LIBERTAD PARA PAPA” underneath.
Can you BELIEVE it?!
Luis Diaz comes off the bench and equalises for Liverpool in the 95th minute! ?? pic.twitter.com/Vd2KnMaV58
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“FREEDOM FOR DAD” in English, the message was an obvious one, with Diaz Sr. yet to have been released by guerrilla group ELN.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw, with Diaz applauded by both sets of fans before a hug from Klopp as they headed down the tunnel.
Speaking before kickoff, Klopp explained that “positive” negotiations for the release of Diaz Sr. were “ongoing.”
“All the signs he gets, as far as I understand, are very positive. Negotiations are ongoing, but it’s still positive,” the manager told Sky Sports.
“That’s why he wanted to be part of the team – and could come on as well. He trained well, so from that point of view it’s no issue.
“Nobody can really imagine how something like that feels. But how I said, on the training ground was fine, absolutely, on the pitch was fine.
“So that’s why he’s here.”