Diego, who can play just about anywhere in defence or midfield, but is principally an attacking right-back, was previously with Manchester City. His dad, the assistant manager at Droylsden, was initially disappointed that the Etihad door had closed but now believes it could all be for the best.
“He was with City for ten years and he’s won England caps at under-16 and under-17s level. What more could he have done to get a scholarship? I think there’s some politics involved but with Pep Guardiola coming in and spending money, where would a 19-year-old go at that club?” said Aeon.
“After letting him go, City have tried to get him back a couple of times. I think they realised they made a mistake, but Diego told them he had made his decision.”
At Liverpool Diego is principally under the tutelage of Neil Critchley but has been in training sessions with stars of the past such as Steve Heighway, Steve McMahon and Robbie Fowler. He has also been working with former Manchester United under-18s manager Paul McGuinness.
Is Diego a chip off the old block? Not quite says his father. “He’s comfortable on the ball, very calm and has a great first touch — so nothing like me,” explained Aeon. “My first touch wasn’t the best and I had to compensate with my pace.
“Diego’s naturally fit and fast, which you have to be as an attacking full-back going up and down the line.
“As a United supporter it’s a strange situation for me but the rest of my family are Liverpool fans and they’re having kittens.
“Diego’s got a very interesting year ahead. I know they like him at Liverpool and the next six months could be massive if he does really really well.”