Liverpool Star Luis Diaz Pleads for His Father's Release After Scoring in Premier League Match

Liverpool FC's star player, Luis Diaz, has made an emotional plea to the communist rebel group, ELN, who kidnapped his father in Colombia over the weekend.

In a heart-wrenching Instagram post, Diaz expressed that his family is "desperate and saddened" by the abduction of his 58-year-old father, Luis.

Luis Diaz, the Liverpool winger, paid a touching tribute to his kidnapped father by scoring a goal against Luton.

The player, along with his mother Silenis Marulanda, awaits the safe return of his father, who remains in captivity.

In the Instagram post, Diaz stated that every second and every minute, their suffering grows. He continued, "My mother, my brothers, and I are in despair, devastated, and we have no words to describe what we feel."

He implored the kidnappers to resolve the situation immediately, appealing to their sense of honor and urging them to end this agonizing wait. "In the name of love and compassion, we ask you to reconsider your actions and allow us to bring him back home."

Diaz's plea came just hours after he scored the equalizing goal for Liverpool in the 95th minute of a match against Luton. After scoring, he lifted his shirt to reveal the words "Libertad Para Papa," which means "Freedom for my father."

The 26-year-old player came off the bench at Kenilworth Road to secure a crucial point for Liverpool, who currently sit third in the Premier League after a 1-1 draw.

His celebration was met with cheers from Liverpool fans who have rallied behind the forward during the nine days since his father's harrowing abduction.

The hostage-taking appears to have been planned for several months and was orchestrated by a 40-year-old female fighter named Patricia.

Colombian authorities have offered a reward of 200 million pesos (£40,600) for the safe return of Luis Diaz.

The abduction has sparked outrage in the South American country, where Luis Diaz is immensely popular and represents the national team.

This incident unfolded as Diaz's mother, Silenis Marulanda, held back tears while demanding her husband's release. Wearing a shirt with his face and the words "Your family is waiting for you," she told reporters, "I want them to release him now. The people who are holding him are now returning him to me because we want him back home."

The criminals attacked the couple at a gas station in their hometown of Barranquilla, in the northern province of La Guajira. They left Silenis in the car but abducted Luis before the police could intervene.

Protests demanding his release took place in the city today.

Diaz missed Liverpool's fourth-round EFL Cup match, a 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth, and the game against Nottingham Forest last weekend as he dealt with the kidnapping ordeal.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dedicated Sunday's 3-0 victory over Forest to Diaz, stating that it was "for our brother."