Liverpool assistant coach Pep Lijnders says 'the whole club is behind' Luis Diaz after his parents were kidnapped in Colombia - with his father still missing

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  • Luis Diaz was informed his parents had been kidnapped connected Saturday evening
  • His mother has since been freed, but his begetter remains missing
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By Sam Brookes For Mailonline

Published: 10:47 EDT, 31 October 2023 | Updated: 10:47 EDT, 31 October 2023

Pep Lijnders has revealed Liverpool are giving Luis Diaz arsenic overmuch support arsenic imaginable arsenic nan hunt for his begetter continues aft he was kidnapped successful Colombia.

Diaz was told astir his parents being kidnapped connected Saturday evening, little than 24 hours earlier Liverpool's 3-0 win against Nottingham Forest astatine Anfield.

His mother, Cilenis Marulanda, has since been freed from nan kidnappers, but nan whereabouts of his father, Luis Manuel, stay unknown.


There is presently a immense hunt for Luis Manuel successful his homeland, while Diaz is still successful Liverpool hoping for affirmative news. Liverpool's adjunct coach Lijnders has provided an update connected really nan nine are trying to thief Diaz pursuing nan distressing incident.

'Lucho is nan feline who ever smiles. We really attraction astir him,' Lijnders said.

A reward of astir £40,000 has been offered for accusation astir Luis Diaz's father's kidnapping

Luis Diaz has remained successful England while nan hunt for his begetter successful Colombia continues

Liverpool adjunct coach Pep Lijnders has said nan full nine is giving Diaz their afloat support

'We effort to support him arsenic overmuch arsenic we can. A batch of things are retired of our hands. We believe that they find his dada and everything is good. The full nine is down him.'

According to a study from Colombian mag Semana, Diaz was keen to return to his state of commencement to effort and find his father, but he was persuaded by relatives to enactment successful England.

This determination was made aft concerns were raised astir his ain information if he opted to spell backmost to Colombia.

More specifications of nan kidnapping person emerged recently, pinch Semana's study claiming Diaz's parents were buying watermelons erstwhile they were taken by 4 equipped men connected motorcycles. 

After nan constabulary enacted a 'padlock' cognition to find nan couple, nan assailants reportedly abandoned Diaz's stolen car and continued connected 3 motorcycles, 2 of which were taken from civilians.

Diaz's mother was freed from her ordeal pinch a reward of 200 cardinal Colombian pesos [around £40,000] offered by nan authorities for information.

The Colombian service person since issued a connection confirming Diaz's begetter is still being looked for pinch nan assistance of 'two motorised platoons, unmanned aircraft, checkpoints, helicopters, a level pinch specialised radar and much than 120 men'.

Border crossings betwixt Colombia and Venezuela are besides being monitored by service commandos successful an effort to forestall Diaz's begetter perchance being taken into nan neighbouring country.

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