Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp: This Chelsea Star Would Be 'Fun' In My Team

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, center.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa, center, at Anfield, Liverpool, January 31. Costa won and missed a penalty in the 1-1 draw. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Jurgen Klopp offered backhanded praise for Chelsea striker Diego Costa following Liverpool's 1-1 draw with the Premier League frontrunner at Anfield on Tuesday evening.

Following Georginio Wijnaldum's second-half equalizing goal, Costa won and subsequently missed a penalty that led Klopp to launch an angry outburst at fourth official Neil Swarbrick for which he later apologized.

"If I had played against Costa I could never be friends, that's how it is, but when you have him in your team it's much more fun. He is a warrior," Klopp told reporters including the BBC.

"What [Antonio] Conte is doing with Chelsea is outstanding but Chelsea without Costa this season?"

Costa's penalty, saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, kept Chelsea's lead over now second-placed Tottenham Hotspur at nine points.