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Former Liverpool assistant manager Phil Thompson has urged Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa on loan.

Costa has publicly expressed his desire to return to Atletico Madrid but with the Spanish club handed a transfer ban by FIFA, Costa would be unable to play for Atletico Madrid until January.

Thompson has urged Liverpool to capitalise on the situation by signing Costa on a temporary deal until January.

“Dare I say it: Diego Costa signs for Atletico Madrid and then gets loaned out to Liverpool?” Thompson told the Irish Examiner.

“It would be quite a dream, wouldn’t it? I’d take him for six months.

“Going back three or four years when Liverpool were in for Costa, I think we offered 20 million. It was 25 million and the deal never got done.

“I was amazed. If we’d have had Suarez and Diego Costa, God, they’d have frightened everybody.

“You love these players. Every other supporter moans at them but you know as a Chelsea fan how much Costa will fight for you, do the battling for you. Good skills too. Good technique.

“Is Morata going to be [as effective] when you get into battles in the Premier League?

“It didn’t matter whether you were playing against Hull City or Manchester United, you knew what you’d get off Costa.”

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