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Sunday, May 15, 2022

"A fantastic player" - Chelsea legend John Terry hails Liverpool star following 'devastating' FA Cup defeat

  Former Chelsea captain John Terry heaped praise on Liverpool star Luis Diaz on social media after the winger's stunning display aga...

 

Former Chelsea captain John Terry heaped praise on Liverpool star Luis Diaz on social media after the winger's stunning display against the Blues in the final of the FA Cup on Saturday. Diaz has been a revelation since joining the Reds from Porto for £47.7 million.

Liverpool started the game on the front foot and the winger's pace and runs in behind caused a number of problems for the Chelsea defense.

 BLUES goalkeeper Edouard Mendy produced a number of fine saves to deny the Columbian. The 25-year-old was a constant threat to the west London club's backline but lacked the final product.

Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel's side were unable to break the deadlock during regulation time and extra time. So the final had to be decided by a penalty shootout.

Liverpool were triumphant in the penalty shootout, condemning Chelsea to their third consecutive FA Cup final defeat in three years, and their second loss to the Reds in a penalty shootout in the final of a Cup competition this season.

Terry claimed that he was devastated after his former club's loss but singled out Diaz for praise through a comment on the forward's Instagram.

"@l uisdiaz absolutely devastated. But you're a fantastic player my friend," commented Terry on Luis Diaz's Instagram post after the FA Cup final.

Luis Diaz was expected to take time to settle into Jurgen Klopp's system at Liverpool as he had joined the club during the January transfer window. Players who move to England from foreign leagues often take time to adjust to the speed and physical demands of the English game.

However, the former FC Porto star has not only settled in well, he has also flourished at Anfield. He has scored six goals and provided four assists in 24 appearances for the Merseyside club in all competitions. He has helped the club win an FA Cup, an EFL Cup and reach the finals of the UEFA Champions League.

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