Klopp explains why he and Diego Costa could ‘never be friends’


Jurgen Klopp must be relieved to have earned a point against Chelsea given Liverpool’s recent form.

Despite falling behind to a David Luiz free-kick, the Reds fought back through a Georginio Wijnaldum header to make it 1-1.

There definitely could have been more goals in it too, Roberto Firmino missing a sitter for the hosts and Diego Costa’s penalty later being saved by Simon Mignolet.

Fortunately for the Chelsea striker, the manner in which the Liverpool goalkeeper turned from villain to hero distracted much of the attention from his shortcomings.


Mignolet looked distracted for the Luiz goal but his heroics against Costa meant his side were able to hold on for a point.

In terms of the table, it doesn’t do much for Liverpool’s title chances, nor will it significantly affect their top four hopes.

However, it was still a contentious decision by Mark Clattenburg to give the spot-kick, as initial footage made it unclear whether there was contact.

Reflecting on the incident, though, Klopp seemed fairly indifferent, but did feel the need to embark on a character assessment of Costa.

“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,” he said, via Sky Sports.


“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.”

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