Martin Skrtel dubs Diego Costa 'one of the best strikers in the world'

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Martin Skrtel knows he has a battle on his hands when facing Diego Costa this afternoon.

In the game of the weekend Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield for the early afternoon kick off Saturday. For Liverpool it will be a chance at redemption for the 2-0 defeat in this fixture last season - which eventually saw them lose go on to lose the title to Manchester City in a pulsating finish.

Of course Chelsea's title hopes never really materialised last season. The main reason for their inability to get amongst the fight was their lack of goals. Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba were hit and miss throughout the campaign - so Mourinho completely changed his attacking line this summer.

As well as Loic Remy's arrival, and the return of club legend Didier Drogba, they snapped up a former Liverpool transfer target in Diego Costa.

The £32 million signing from Atletico Madrid has proved potent for Chelsea, banging in the goals since his arrival in London.

Recently however times have been hard for the Spanish international. Persistent groin trouble and a serious virus have seen him out of action, but after getting a week of training under his belt he is set to come out firing against Liverpool later.

One man obviously wary of the threat posed by Costa is Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel.

The Slovakian has been speaking to the official Liverpool website about the striker, admitting he knows what he is up against:

"This is a big game and every single player likes to play in these and compare against the best players in the world.

"In my eyes, Diego Costa is one of the best strikers in the world. I played against him in a game for Slovakia against Spain; he didn't score and I hope he won't score at the weekend as well.

"But it's not only about Costa, Chelsea play well as a team and will be a very tough opponent. But we believe we can beat them and get three points."

Liverpool fans will hope Skrtel can keep him shackled this afternoon.

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