Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa admits he came close to signing with Liverpool.

The Brazilian admits a move was on over the summer.

"I had options to leave. I was very close to doing so. Liverpool is a great team," he told El Mundo Deportivo.

"But after so much fighting and overcoming so many difficulties to win my place at Atletico, how could I go?

"I thought it was very important for me to continue growing here and playing here for many years."

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