Klopp ‘could never be friends’ with Diego Costa
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he and Diego Costa “could never be friends” after another controversial performance from the Chelsea striker in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.
Costa fell theatrically to earn his side a penalty, which Reds’ keeper Simon Mignolet saved and antagonised the crowd throughout the game. The display left Klopp questioning Costa’s personality, if not his quality.
“If I had played against Costa I could never be friends, that's how it is, but when you have him in your team it's much more fun. He is a warrior,'' said Klopp. "What [Antonio] Conte is doing with Chelsea is outstanding but Chelsea without Costa this season....?
"He is not the nicest guy on the pitch but I saw no real big incident and until someone tells me something. If someone tells me it was a dive maybe I will be angry tomorrow but that would be the wrong decision what, number 27, but it doesn't make it better.”
Chelsea took the lead through an inventive David Luiz free kick, which Klopp admitted was a great piece of improvisation, “It was really smart, really clever and really well done -- we have to respect that.”