This month sees Liverpool take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League first knockout round. The Reds enter the game as heavy favourites with the Spanish press dubbing them “the Machine of Europe”. Liverpool fans should hope that Diego Costa is fit for the fixture.
In November there were worries that Costa could miss the remainder of the season.
The Spanish-Brazilian striker has been absent for a couple of months now and with Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix also injured Diego Simeone is short of options up top.
Spanish outlet Cadena Ser recently reported that the striker is aiming to be back in contention in time for the 18th of February tie at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Liverpool should hope that Diego Costa makes the starting lineup in the Champions League clash.
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Costa is a striker who feeds off physicality. The forward relies on bullying the defender. Costa won’t get much change out of Virgil van Dijk in an aerial or 50/50 contest.
Furthermore, he is a known entity. The Atletico forward has been around for forever and a day, if he is set to play then we can prepare for his game.
Whereas, if he doesn’t make the starting lineup then it is anybody’s guess as to who the hosts will start with up top.
Most recently the Madrid side have started with Angel Correa and Vitolo up top, both players who are more accustomed to playing on the wing.
Whilst coming up against out of position strikers may be a more enticing option, this is a case of better the devil you know.
A fragile and predictable Diego Costa would be much easier to handle then his fully fit and unpredictable replacements.