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Liverpool footballer Luis Díaz is thrown a big stick by a Benfica fan

Luis Diaz

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Liverpool’s Luis Díaz appears to have been targeted by a disgruntled fan during the Champions League on Tuesday night.

As Díaz – who previously played in Portugal’s top football division – celebrated the goal against Benfica, a fan threw a large stick at the athlete from the stands, footage obtained by The GuardianESPN FC and Sports Illustrated. The object flew over his head, narrowly missing the soccer star by a small margin, according to IF.

Díaz’s score helped his side to a 3-1 victory for his team.

According to Initiatedother Liverpool players, including defender Andy Robertson, have also been targeted by Benfica fans.

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Díaz still had a good game. “It was the moment I’ve been waiting for; to come back here and produce a good game,” he told reporters, The Guardian reported. The second game will take place on April 13.

Díaz, 25, signed a five-year contract with the Liverpool club in January this year. He started his professional career as a midfielder at Colombian club Barranquilla. In 2017, he joined Atlético Juno then FC Porto in 2019.

Of his talent, the Liverpool manager said, according to Eurosportafter Tuesday’s game: “He’s a top player. He’s a world-class player. It’s a joy for me to work with Luís every day, and I’m more than happy that we decided to sign him in January.”