Chelsea striker Diego Costa has revealed he came close to signing for Liverpool for £21m just one year before leaving Atletico Madrid for a move to Stamford Bridge, according to CaughtOffside.
The Spanish international was a top target for the Reds, but chose to stay for one more season with Atletico after fighting long and hard to win his place in the team.
Costa then enjoyed the finest season of his career in La Liga, earning himself a £32m move to Chelsea, where he has also proved a hit.
“I was close to leaving Atletico,” Costa said.
“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.”