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Luton 1-1 Liverpool: Luis Diaz scores late equaliser on Reds return to deny Hatters shock win

Diaz came off the bench to equalise before revealing a 'Freedom for Dad' message under his shirt

Back in the Liverpool squad for the first time since his father was kidnapped in Colombia, Diaz came off the bench to head home Harvey Elliott’s cross late on – before revealing a ‘Libertad Para Papa’ (Freedom for Dad) message underneath his shirt. The winger’s father remains missing.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Luis Diaz heads in a late equaliser for Liverpool against Luton after a traumatic few weeks for his family

Luton thought they had the three points when former Manchester United midfielder Tahith Chong tapped home past Alisson on the counterattack after good work from Issa Kabore – as Liverpool players complained for a handball by Ross Barkley from their own corner.

The much-discussed VAR stuck with the Luton goal as a bouncing Kenilworth Road celebrated.

Before Luton’s opener, Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez produced one of the misses of the season as he blazed over from a few yards out following Mohamed Salah’s header across goal. Nunez also hit the post in the first half for Jurgen Klopp’s wasteful side – who produced 3.04 xG on Sunday night but only scored late on.

The result means Liverpool missed the chance to go up to second in the table, while the point lifts Luton out of the relegation zone.

Diaz statement appeals for release of his father

Luis Diaz:“Today this is not the football player speaking to you. Today Lucho Diaz, the son of Luis Manuel Diaz, is speaking to you. Mane, my father, is a tireless worker, our pillar in the family and he is kidnapped.

“I ask the ELN for the prompt release of my father, and I ask international organisations to intervene for his freedom.

“Every second, every minute our anguish grows; my mother, my brothers and I are desperate, anguished and without words to describe what we are feeling. This suffering will only end when we have him back home.

“I beg you to release him immediately, respecting his integrity and ending this painful wait as soon as possible.

“In the name of love and compassion, we ask you to reconsider your actions and allow us to get him back.

“I thank Colombians and the international community for the support we’ve received, thank you for so many demonstrations of affection and solidarity in this difficult moment that many families in my country are going through.”

How Luton and Liverpool share the spoils

A blistering start at Kenilworth Road began in quick fashion for Liverpool, with Diogo Jota stopped from tapping in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross by a superb clearance by Teden Mengi.

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