Liverpool bossJurgen Klopp says they will have more than one body on Diego Costa when they face Chelsea tonight in the Premier League’s Friday night game.
The Reds are away at Stamford Bridge in both side’s first meeting of the season and with the controversial Costa having started the season in fine form, Klopp believes it won’t be possible to have just one man marking the Spain striker.
When asked whether or not defender Joel Matip will handle the maverick Costa, boss Klopp said: “Alone? Not. How could he? That’s not possible. What does the centre-half do when the number nine drops into midfield all the time? Go with him and leave a gap open for Hazard? That’s not how defending works.
“After the game, if we said, ‘Matip had a problem with Costa’, then we had 10 other problems, because that cannot be the plan.”
“Hopefully, he (Matip) doesn’t play alone against him. You have to work together,” he explained of Liverpool’s tactics.
“You cannot defend Costa alone. That’s not possible. You need help from the other six, the other four, whatever.
“There are different ways to play.
“There is a direct way to play to Costa, in between the lines like they did in the second half against Swansea a lot, because Costa was in a fighting mood with all balls and coming into midfield and taking the ball.”