Gary Neville believes that the form of new signing Luis Diaz eases the pressure on contract negotiations with Mohamed Salah. Diaz signed a five and a half years deal with the club for an initial fee of £37 million. This fee could rise to £49m including add-ons. He has eased into the line-up scoring three goals while providing an assist in his first eight appearances.

“The Carabao Cup final was the first time I had seen the lad live. He is playing off the left-hand side and I look at it from a right-back’s perspective, so I think I’ve got a pretty good eye about what I would have liked and what I wouldn’t have liked. And I thought: ‘Oh my God. What a player he is.’,” Gary Neville feels that Luis Diaz’s form can help contract talks with Mohamed Salah. “His tenacity, his skill, his pace, his fight, his spirit – everything. They have found another one and, again, he has not cost a lot. Liverpool acted [to sign him in January] because the Spurs were probably going to nip in; they were probably going to wait until the end of the season. Now Liverpool has got five strikers that are genuinely world-class. All five of them are, honestly.”

“Roberto Firmino has been one of my favorites for the last five or six years. I know he’s the one that is understated and the one that is underrated at times, but for me, he has contributed unbelievable amounts to the performance levels of the club in terms of how he has dove-tailed,” he added. “I always think of players that I appreciated at United so much that maybe didn’t get the headlines, but were so important to how the team connected and how the team glued together – I think Firmino has done that. He’s still there and he’s performing well at this moment in time.”

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