With Diego Costa’ future still up in the air, Phil Thompson wants his former employer Liverpool to take advantage of the striker current situation at Chelsea and make a move for him.
The Spanish forward is on the lookout for where to ply his trade between now and December after being told by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte that he was not part of his plans for the incoming season.
Costa has never hid his desire to return to his former club Atletico Madrid and also prefer joining them this summer but a transfer ban on the Spanish club means they cannot sign new players until January 2018.
Liverpool missed out on signing Costa before his move to Chelsea, and Thompson, a former assistant manager at Anfield is of the opinion that Jurgen Klopp should make the audacious move and sign the unsettled striker on loan.
“Dare I say it: Diego Costa signs for Atletico Madrid and then gets loaned out to Liverpool?” Thompson told The Irish Examiner.
“It would be quite a dream, wouldn’t it? I’d take him for six months. Going back three or four years when Liverpool were in for Costa, I think we offered £20m. It was £25m and the deal never got done”
“I was amazed. If we’d have had Suarez and Diego Costa, God, they’d have frightened everybody. You love these players. Every other supporter moans at them but you know as a Chelsea fan how much Costa will fight for you, do the battling for you. Good skills too. Good technique.”
“Is Morata going to be (as effective) when you get into battles in the Premier League? It didn’t matter whether you were playing against Hull City or Manchester United, you knew what you’d get off Costa.”
Liverpool have already signed Dominic Solanke from Chelsea this summer after his contract with the Blues expired and it is highly uncertain Conte would want to loan Costa- the club’s top scorer in the last three seasons to a rival team.
Italian club AC Milan are also said to be interested in signing the Spaniard on a six-month loan deal.