Luis Diaz has NOT travelled with the Liverpool squad ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup clash with Bournemouth – with his father’s whereabouts still unknown after he was kidnapped by a group of armed men in Colombia
- Authorities in Colombia are still searching for Luis Diaz’s father, Luis Manuel
- The 26-year-old star has not travelled with the Liverpool squad ahead of tonight
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Luis Diaz has not travelled with the Liverpool squad ahead their Carabao Cup clash with Bournemouth on Wednesday night, as he continues to wait for his father’s freedom after last week’s kidnapping.
Diaz’s parents were snatched off the streets of Colombia by four armed men on motorcycles last week, and the footballer was informed of the ordeal shortly before Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Nottingham Forest at Anfield on Sunday.
Although his mother Cilenis Marulanda was later freed following the kidnapping, the whereabouts of his father Luis Manuel is still unknown, with Colombia’s police and military forces working together in a bid to bring him home safely.
Diaz, 26, has remained in England for ‘security reasons’, according to reports.
The Colombian military has been sent to guard the border in an attempt to prevent Diaz’s father from being taken into neighbouring country Venezuela.
Luis Diaz has not travelled with the Liverpool squad to face Bournemouth on Wednesday night
Diaz’s father Luis Manuel (above) and mother Cilenis Marulanda were kidnapped in Colombia last week and the 26-year-old footballer has since remained in England for ‘security reasons’
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The Liverpool star’s mother (above in 2019, left centre) has been rescued after the pair were snatched off the streets of Colombia last week, but his father’s whereabouts are still unknown
There is, however, a chance that Diaz’s father has already been transported through the dense jungle that separates the two nations.
Diaz, who will play no part in Liverpool’s last-16 clash at the Vitality Stadium, took to social media on Tuesday to urge people to join a march to demand the safe release of his father.
A reward of around £40,000 has been offered for information about the kidnapping
The Instagram post invited the ‘whole community’ and urged them to ‘bring your candle to light the light of hope’, with the picture of his father accompanied by a caption which read: ‘Free him now’.
Hundreds of people joined his mother Cilenis and grandfather Alfonso on Tuesday evening as they took to the streets of Barrancas to call for an end to the kidnapping.
The 26-year-old winger was not included in Liverpool’s matchday squad against Forest at the weekend, as Liverpool’s front three of Darwin Nunez, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota each scored during the 3-0 victory at Anfield.
It is understood Diaz is instead being looked after by members of Liverpool staff as he awaits news from back home.
Meanwhile, Diaz’s brother Jesus played for Colombian second-division side Barranquilla FC no more than 48 hours after his parents were abducted.
With his team-mate unable to take part in Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, Diogo Jota dedicated his goal to the Colombian by holding up his shirt at Anfield
Diaz’s mother (centre) led a community march demanding her husband’s release on Tuesday
Hundreds of members of the local community joined forces dressed in white holding balloons
The winger’s grandfather Alfonso was present at the sit-in and held a lighted candle in prayer
Although no closer to finding their missing father, it has emerged that police have identified two of the four men involved in the kidnapping.
More details of the kidnapping emerged on Wednesday as Colombian outlet Semana reported that Diaz’s parents were buying watermelons when they were taken by the four armed men.
A reward of 200 million Colombian pesos [approximately £40,000] has been offered by the authorities for information since the release of Diaz’s mother.
After facing the Cherries in the Carabao Cup, Liverpool return to Premier League action with a trip to Luton Town on Sunday.
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