Costa reveals why he turned down Liverpool in 2013

The Chelsea attacker was close to joining the Reds two years ago.

It seems bizarre to think, but rather than being a figure Liverpool fans love to hate, Chelsea forward Diego Costa could have been turning out for Brendan Rodgers' side if a mooted transfer attempt had gone through.

Liverpool bid around £22 million for the Brazilian-born powerhouse in August 2013, and a switch looked close to completion only for Costa to decide to remain at Atletico, signing a new deal in the process, as reported by the Guardian.

It was set to be a highly successful final year for the former Valladolid man, who scored 36 goals as Atletico won the La Liga title and were runners up in the Champions League.

Liverpool were looking to pair Costa with Luis Suarez, in what would have been a devastating attack, but went on to see Daniel Sturridge grow into a key attacking role, something he may not have done had the Spanish international arrived.

Costa told the Sunday People why he decided against a move to Liverpool, telling Steve Goodman: “I was close to leaving Atletico. 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 with Atletico and to play there for many years.”

It wasn't to be many years, as Costa moved to Stamford Bridge last summer for £32 million where he is currently the Premier League's top scorer with 17 goals.

Costa has already enjoyed a feisty trio of clashes with the Merseyside club he was so nearly a part of, scoring the winner in the league fixture at Anfield in November, and receiving a suspension after stamping on Emre Can in the League Cup semi-final win in January.

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