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Diego Costa was heavily linked with Liverpool this summer - and they might wish they could have got him.

Liverpool have started the season pretty well, in fact that is not fair, the start has been perfect. The only team in the Premier League with a 100% record - they will hope to continue that trend and reclaim top spot from Arsenal with victory against Swansea on Monday night.

So to rave about a player they missed out on might seem something of a pointless exercise - considering the fact they barely seem to be missing him.

But still, this guy deserves some credit for his excellent start to life in La Liga this season. Liverpool openly pursued the talent of Brazilian forward Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid in the summer - meeting his release clause of £22 million.

But the front-man - who saw his first-team opportunities at the club improve last season, and this summer with the departure of Radamel Falcao, recently spoke of his decision to instead sign a new deal with Los Colchoneros:

"I was close to leaving, Liverpool are a great team. But after fighting so hard and overcoming difficulties to get my place at Atletico, how could I leave? I thought it was very important to keep growing at the Colchoneros and play here for many years.’’

And while Daniel Sturridge is in great form and the return of Luis Suarez set to make Liverpool an even fiercer opponent, they would have been potential title contenders with Costa in their team.

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Cost has started the season with an absolute bang and yesterday scored once again in the 4-2 win against Almeria - taking his tally for the La Liga season to four in four - meaning only Lionel Messi has scored more goals than him in the top flight of Spanish football so far this season.

Costa now plays in a team with David Villa, himself linked with Liverpool this summer, who signed for the club from Barcelona this summer and the pair have formed an excellent early understanding - which the fans hope will see Atletico put in a competitive performance in the UEFA Champions League this summer.

While Liverpool are not necessarily missing Costa, they must be wondering just how exceptional they could have been if they had got the 24-year-old to add to their already impressive arsenal.

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