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Reason for Liverpool transfer confidence clear after £134m deals completed

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Since the start of 2022 Liverpool have committed as much as £148m on transfers, with £134m of that on players from the Portuguese market.

Add to that Liverpool taking now assistant to Jurgen Klopp, Pep Lijnders, from Porto in 2014, with his replacement at Porto, Vito Matos, also heading to Liverpool in 2019 as elite development coach.

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His arrival was the shot in the arm Liverpool needed at that time and gave rise to renewed optimism as the season headed into the final straight, his signing sparking excitement at what was to come further down the line for the 25-year-old.

Diaz not only hit the ground running at Anfield but went at it with the speed of an Olympic 100m final, settling into life in the Premier League as if it were the easiest thing in the world, with any suggestions of him needing time to transition from Portugal's Primeira Liga quickly dismissed.

It is a very interesting time for the Portuguese market."

READ MORE: 'Idiots like this' - Borussia Dortmund chief hits back at 'arrogant' Sadio Mane Liverpool claims READ MORE: Liverpool consider another 'Naby Keita swap deal' for £17m midfielder Liverpool's Portuguese roots were well established before the signing of Diaz, with Reds sporting director Julian Ward fluent in Portuguese and having spent time as head of analysis and technical scouting for the Portuguese Football Federation from 2008 to 2010.
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