According to former Liverpool player Phil Thompson, the club should move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa – even if it’s only on a loan deal. 

This would be audacious, to say the least.

Ex-Liverpool player Phil Thompson has called for the club to try and secure the signing of want-away striker Diego Costa this summer, even if it’s just on a loan deal.

The Spanish striker has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid but has reportedly grown frustrated with the lack of action from the European giants due to their current transfer ban which will be upheld until January.

Thompson reportedly told the Irish Examiner that if Atletico does look to sign the Spaniard, that Liverpool should bring him in on loan for six months until he is able to play unrestricted for the Madrid-based club.

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“Dare I say it: Costa signs for Atletico Madrid and then gets loaned out to Liverpool?” he said. “It would be quite a dream, wouldn’t it? I’d take him for six months.”

Despite being linked heavily with a big-money move to China back in January, Costa remained in the Premier League and helped Chelsea to the title by firing in an impressive 20 goals. Despite his fiery attitude – and at times frustrating demeanour – Thompson believes the hitman would be a solid acquisition for Jürgen Klopp.

“Going back three or four years when Liverpool were in for Costa, I think we offered £20m,” he added.

“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.”