Douglas Costa has alerted clubs all over Europa and Asia to his desire to move abroad after admitting to being unhappy in Germany.
When Sadio Mané departed Merseyside for Gabon to join Senegal for the Africa Cup of Nations, his absence was felt as Liverpool’s form skydived. By the time that Mané returned, the Reds had been eliminated from both domestic cup competitions and compromised their league form as well.
What was revealed in the time that Mané was away was that, aside from the former Southampton man, Liverpool have a complete lack of pace in the team. Many supporters and pundits have highlighted this as a real issue for Jürgen Klopp.
There is no arguing either as Liverpool’s attack has looked toothless in recent weeks with an inability to break down teams that sit deep and focus on defending and then break on the counter attack.
One player that would almost guarantee an upturn in attacking fortunes would be Douglas Costa. The Brazilian Bayern Munich winger has revealed a desire to move abroad as he isn’t totally happy in Germany. Costa moved to Munich in 2015 for €30 million and has showcased his superb dribbling and ability to beat defenders in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
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Despite Costa’s desire to move abroad and specifically to England, the chances of him moving to Liverpool are slim.
Speaking to Bild, via the Mirror, Costa said, “We got some strong offers from China and also from big clubs from Europe. When the season is over, we will sit down and analyse everything. First of all, I am only focused on ending the season with all the titles I can win.
“It is not my idea to leave Bayern now. I want to win titles. I like Bayern and I think I can win titles with Bayern to reach the highest technical level of my career, to go for the Ballon d’Or, the Champions League, the Club World Cup.
“I want to win all sorts of titles and then the World Cup with the Brazilian national team. Then we will think about new markets.
“I cannot comment on names, but there are contacts with teams from England, Spain and also France.”
He went on to comment further, saying, “I think England is one of the biggest soccer leagues in the world – fantastic! Just like Spain’s La Liga also, with big players, big teams,” he said.
“The language is easier in Spain, but England also has great players. For me, it is the best league in the world.”
Liverpool are at a real disadvantage here if they plan on targeting Costa. With the Reds naivety and vulnerability being exposed this season, there is every chance that Costa would choose a team that would offer him more money and the better chance to challenge for silverware.
While there is no ruling out the possibility, it looks unlikely.