Mourinho was asked last week before the match against Crystal Palace if his highest goal scorer for the season will still play this term, especially against the Merseysiders the following week. This was his reply,
“There is a chance he might not. If we win Sunday, I don’t think he will play against Liverpool (this Sunday). If we don’t win and we need points against Liverpool, I would say he plays. It is about result after result, need after needs.”
Chelsea won against Crystal Palace, and secured the title, with 13 points ahead of others with only 3 matches left. But as Sunday approaches, it has been confirmed that Costa is fit and could feature against Liverpool at the Stamford bridge. The player has been out of action since April 4 when he picked up a further strain to his hamstring injury. The recurrent injury has kept him from full fitness all season long, and the coach has suggested he could be made to rest until next summer.
Chelsea have nothing to lose on Sunday, except bragging rights. Liverpool will have to win against the Blues in order to move closer to a Champions League spot, but seems Mourinho has a different plan. The match is a big match, and going by the rivalry and history between both clubs, the special one doesn’t see losing as an option. Chelsea was the only reason Liverpool didn’t win the EPL last season, and they might be the same reason why there won’t be Champions League action in Anfield next season.
They will have to walk alone if the special one’s wishes were to come to past. It hasn’t been confirmed if Diego Costa will start the match, but reports coming from the Stamford bridge’s medical team suggests the player is fit, and he won’t mind having a taste of action in such a high-profile match.