Diaz to start for Liverpool just one hour after father’s release from kidnappers
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    Luis Diaz has been named in Liverpool's starting XI, one hour after his father was finally liberated from his kidnappers.

    Luis Manuel Diaz had been held prisoner for 12 days, after being kidnapped near his home in the town of Barrancas, near La Guajira. The Colombian international's father was released and handed over to United Nations and Catholic church officials by the left wing guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army.

    It marked the end of a terrifying ordeal which began when Diaz Sr and the Liverpool forward's mother Cilenis Marulanda, who was freed after one day, were taken by armed men on motorcycles by a petrol station on October 28. Less than one hour after his father's release was confirmed, Diaz was named in Jurgen Klopp's team to face Toulouse in the Europa League.

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    It is the first time Diaz has been named in a starting line-up since the Reds' 2-0 home victory over Everton in the Merseyside Derby. He recently came off the bench to head home a vital equaliser in Liverpool's recent 1-1 away draw against Luton Town.

    After he scored, he lifted his shirt up to unveil a message that said, "Libertad para Papa" which translates to 'Freedom for my Father." Klopp hailed the former Porto winger for his courage in returning to the pitch despite everything that was going on.

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    Klopp said: "A wonderful moment but it doesn't change the situation. Most important thing is that his father gets released.

    "It is wonderful he wanted to be here. That's it, for us a super important goal and for him very important and emotional, but that's it."

    When asked if he believed Diaz would still be able to find his best form, despite the terrifying ordeal his family were going through, Klopp added, "He can always do that. When he is on the pitch he is always involved in special things."

    Diaz has contributed four goals and one assist in 12 appearances in all competitions.

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