News emerged from Colombia late on Saturday night that Diaz’s parents, Luis Manuel Diaz and Cilenis Marulanda, had been kidnapped while travelling home in Barrancas, La Guajira.
The 26-year-old’s mother was subsequently rescued but a search is ongoing to locate his father and the assailants, with police, air and military forces involved.
Hours before kickoff in Sunday’s clash between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, the club expressed their “fervent hope that the matter is resolved safely and at the earliest possible opportunity.”
“The player’s welfare will continue to be our immediate priority,” the statement concluded.
“It’s a worrying situation for all of us and it was a pretty tough night.
“I have never had that before. It’s a new experience I never needed.”
Diaz has held talks with general William Salamanca, director of the Colombian national police, on Sunday morning to urge the safe return of his father.