Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp says he and Chelsea striker Diego Costa could never be friends
The comments were made immediately after the reds game against the blues on Tuesday Night. It was a must-win game for Liverpool as they have not won a single home game this year and are falling further behind Diego Costa’s Chelsea in the title race.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he and Diego Costa could “never be friends” after another controversial game by the Chelsea striker.
The Spain international won a penalty, subsequently saved by Simon Mignolet, was slightly theatrically and generally antagonise those at Anfield throughout Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in the Premier League, with the type of performance which has seen him criticised in the past for going to ground easily.
Klopp was furious with the award of a penalty after Costa tangled with Joel Matip and took out his frustration on the fourth official.
However, after Mignolet came to Liverpool’s rescue, the Reds boss calmed down sufficiently to make an apology to Neil Swarbrick in the technical area.
“Costa is not the nicest guy on the pitch but I saw no real big incident and until someone tells me something…
“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.
The German further added, “What [Antonio] Conte is doing with Chelsea is outstanding but Chelsea without Costa this season would not be the same”. Acknowledging his opposite number and the Spanish striker
Klopp also talked about his struggling team, “I am happy with my team’s performance. I thought we did well. From the first second, we were in the game, we were aggressive,”.
With the comical manager Stating “The red shirts had passion, readiness, greed, against experience and coolness and that’s difficult.”