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Jose Mourinho on the Liverpool game, says Diego Costa will start

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says striker Diego Costa will feature against Liverpool.

The Spain international has been in scintillating form since joining from Atletico Madrid in the summer and will take full advantage of the upcoming international break after Vicente del Bosque opted not to pick the 26-year-old for Spain's upcoming matches.

"As a consequence of the work we have been doing, we think he is ready to start the match," Mourinho said.

"In the 15 days [international break] he can rest and work. It is fantastic news for us.

"I thank the Spain FA for the decision that they made, but I did nothing to make it happen.

"The plan is to have a period of complete rest after the [Liverpool] match for a few days, and after that to continue the specific [recovery] work he is doing."

Asked about Liverpool's negative start to the season, Mourinho added: "In the Premier League, I am not surprised with anything.

"Every match is difficult, you don't know when people are going to lose points. After the World Cup it's difficult, you don't have time to have a proper pre-season.

"I think they're fighting for the title the same as we are.

"The crowd can influence the match in a big way at Anfield.

"I like to play there, but I have to say that some people feel the atmosphere in a negative way.

"It doesn't affect my players' performance, but in the past we have clear examples of it affecting other performances, goals that are not a goal, penalties that are not given."

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