Diego Costa would be perfect Liverpool signing, and can solve January transfer problem
Diego Costa to Liverpool? Who else thinks that would be not only a good idea, but a stroke of genius by Jürgen Klopp.
The striker has recently had his contract terminated by Atlético Madrid, meaning he is now a free agent and able to sign for any club he chooses from January onwards. And when you look at his numbers this season, it’s no surprise to see that decision being made.
The 32-year-old has featured just seven times in La Liga this term, scoring two goals, and failed to complete the full 90 minutes in any of those appearances. Injuries have played their part, in fairness, but you can certainly understand why Atlético decided to let him go.
So why then did I start this piece by saying he’d be a good addition to Liverpool’s squad?
Well, to put it simply, he’s a goalscorer. Yes, Liverpool have a handful of those already, and it would be a fair argument to say all of them are better than Costa.
But what Liverpool don’t have is a forward who likes to get under the skin of opposition, and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers. This is mainly because that’s not how Klopp wants his team to play, and probably never will.
Despite this, there is no doubt that a striker of Costa’s calibre is of great use to teams. Let’s not forget, Liverpool were linked with his signature back in 2013 when the whole saga of Luis Suarez and the 40 million and one pound offer from Arsenal was doing the rounds. Whether there was any truth in that is another story.
We have seen in the Premier League this season that some clubs have been successful in their use of experienced strikers. Olivier Giroud has been in fine form for Chelsea in recent weeks, while Edinson Cavani has been scoring goals at Manchester United. Could Liverpool follow a similar path and bring Costa to Anfield?
Let’s make it clear that Costa has not been linked with a move to Liverpool in any way, but him signing for the Reds would not be the worst idea in the world. At the end of the day, he is an experienced striker with a proven track record of scoring goals in the Premier League, and he’s available on a free transfer, as well.
Then there’s the question of whether Costa is even an upgrade on what Liverpool already have at their disposal? This is of course a matter of opinion, but there is no doubt that even if the Spaniard did arrive on Merseyside he would not dislodge Roberto Firmino as the club’s main striker.
But Divock Origi on the other hand? There may be some sense in letting him leave and bringing Costa in on a free transfer.
Think about it. There is no way Liverpool would let Origi leave for less then what they value him, and given he has three and a half years left on his contract then a reasonable fee would need to be offered.
Were Costa to come in and Origi head out, that would then leave Liverpool with an increase in funds for any transfer they wish to take part in next month. Isn’t there a centre-back shortage at the club at the moment? Maybe the idea of bringing Costa to Anfield doesn’t sound like the worst idea in the world after all.
Is Costa the perfect striker? No. Is he even a player that, from the outside at least, fits the system that Klopp employs at Liverpool? Maybe, maybe not.
The important thing to consider is that he is an experienced striker who knows where the goal is and is available on a free transfer. The only concern from a financial perspective is his wages, which would probably be the main stumbling block on any deal.
Costa signing for Liverpool would not be the most straightforward of deals, but there is no doubt that a player of his ability would certainly be able to do a job in the Premier League. Why shouldn’t that be at Anfield?