Jamie Carragher: I would love to have this Chelsea star in my team

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Former Liverpool idol Jamie Carragher is a big fan of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that he would have loved to have played both with and against Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The Brazilian-born Spain international striker has been in lethal form since swapping La Liga champions Atletico Madrid for the Blues in a deal worth £32 million.

In 11 Premier League starts to date, Costa has netted an impressive 11 goals and his bullish attributes make him the perfect marksman to lead the line for Mourinho’s side.

The Portuguese coach, however, will have to make do without the 26-year-old’s services for the upcoming clash with Tottenham Hotspur after the striker picked up his fifth yellow card of the season.

The former Atletico Madrid favourite isn’t shy in throwing his weight around and was cautioned for yet another altercation with a defender during the West Londoners' 0-0 draw at Sunderland.

Sky Sports pundit Carragher, however, feels Costa’s fiery side is a positive attribute as he tells fans how he would love to have played with him while leading the defence for the Reds.

“Costa suspended after another altercation with a defender and misses the Spurs game. But I love watching him, would love him in my team and would loved to have played against him even more,” he wrote on Twitter and Kicca.com.

The Anfield outfit were reportedly close to signing Costa in the summer of 2013 but the striker reportedly pulled out of a deal to remain at the Vicente Calderon after winning a first-team spot.

Last season, he scored 36 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions and helped Los Colchoneros claim their first La Liga title since 1996.

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