"Looking really happy," Klopp says of Díaz's relief following his father's release.

Just hours before the team's Europa League match in Toulouse, Jürgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, said that his Colombian forward Luis Díaz was "really happy" to hear that his father had been freed from kidnapping.

On October 28, Luis Díaz Sr. and his spouse Cilenis Marulanda were abducted from their hometown of Barrancas in the northern state of La Guajira, Colombia.

However, Díaz's mother was set free a few hours later.

Díaz's father was freed on Thursday following a protracted legal battle spanning several days with the National Liberation Army guerilla group.

"It appears that Lucho [Díaz] is extremely content, consistently giving thumbs up," Klopp said to TNT Sports prior to Thursday's match.

"It looks fantastic." It couldn't have come at a better time. The manager finished his speech just before his team lost 3-2 in a contentious match in southern France.

"We are delighted by the news of LuisFDiaz19's father's safe return and we thank all those involved in securing his release," Liverpool said in a statement.

Díaz got the start for Liverpool, who needed to win to advance to the next round of the tournament after winning their first three Group E matches. 

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