Luis Díaz returned to Liverpool on Sunday. It was the first time he had taken the field since his parents were reportedly kidnapped by a terrorist group in Colombia.
This group, known as the National Liberation Army, is said to have kidnapped Díaz’s mother and father last Saturday. Díaz’s mother was rescued by a police roadblock, but his father remains missing.
Díaz missed the team’s last two games after the abduction, but returned to action against Luton Town on Sunday. He scored Liverpool’s only goal of the game and used that moment to send a message to his father’s captors.
🔴✨ Luis Díaz decides to play even though his father was still kidnapped in Colombia…
…and he scores the decisive goal for Liverpool in extra time!
“Freedom for my father” on his shirt.
Lucho ❤️👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/zNTOhDbA7d
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 5, 2023
Díaz pulled up his jersey after the goal to reveal a T-shirt that read “Libertad para papa,” which means “Freedom for Dad” in English. Díaz scored the goal in overtime. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The National Liberation Army, known in Colombia as the Ejército de Liberación Nacional, is considered a foreign terrorist group by the United States government. Colombian special forces are searching for Díaz’s father and have offered a $48,000 reward for information leading to his rescue.
Díaz has scored three goals for Liverpool in the 2023/24 Premier League season. He joined the team based on a report $45.7 million deal Early 2022.