£21m man who snubbed Liverpool this summer bags brace on opening day

Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa decided he would remain an Atletico Madrid player this season, and started the campaign in some style.

Liverpool have had an up and down summer in the transfer market. Ignoring the obvious liability caused by the Luis Suarez saga, which thankfully now seems to be at an end, the club have made some shrewd acquisitions, but also missed out on some very talented targets.

Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet have all arrived this summer, but the club have also missed out on the odd target.

Firstly they failed to acquire Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk. The ‘Armenian ZIdane’ instead decided he would move to Germany with Borussia Dortmund.

And recently they missed out on Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa.

It seemed at the time almost a very straight forward deal. The Brazilian had a release clause in his contract, believed to be in the region of the £21 million Liverpool offer Los Colchoneros for their talented attacker.

Therefore, the La Liga side had no choice but to accept the offer put on the table by Brendan Rodgers - and if Costa wanted the move there was nothing Atletico could do about it.

Now while most players would jump at the chance to play at Anfield, Costa was not one such player.

He signed a new three-year extension, which removed the buy-out clause from his deal, on August 10th, stating:

"I am very happy with this deal after fighting for a long time to win the affection of the fans, my team-mates and people inside the club," he told the club's official website.

"It is a very special moment and I am very happy here."

And Costa has immediately repaid the faith. He scored a brace on the opening weekend of the La Liga season - which helped Atletico pick up an impressive 3-1 win away to Sevilla.

Liverpool have since turned their attentions elsewhere, with interest in Anzhi’s Willian, and with Suarez seemingly staying they will likely not miss Costa this season.

But still worth acknowledging his excellent start to the new season...

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