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Jose Mourinho's hopes depend on Diego Costa

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be desperately wishing some fortune goes his way following such a torrid start to the season, but the fitness of Diego Costa is perhaps more critical for Saturday's must-win fixture against Liverpool.

The 27-year-old suffered a rib injury during their League Cup exit at Stoke City and has left Mourinho pondering his other potential forward options ahead of a tough tie with Jurgen Klopp's side. Pedro meanwhile, is racing to be fit for the match having missed the last two games through injury.

Costa's setback comes at the worst possible time for Mourinho, with reports suggesting defeat to the Reds will end his second spell at Stamford Bridge. The 52-year-old will have outcast Loic Remy and goal-shy Radamel Falcao available, however, they are still in need of Costa regardless of the other high-profile forward options Mourinho possesses.

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Advantage Liverpool

Liverpool may have only conceded one Costa goal in three games against the Spain international, however, they will certainly prefer not facing him should he fail a late fitness test. 20 goals in 37 appearances last season proves how prolific the Brazil-born striker can be, when in form.

Unfortunately for Mourinho, too many of his players are lacking form so, despite Costa failing to find the net as regularly this season, he has no one else to depend on.

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Luckily for the Chelsea boss, Remy hasn't forgotten where the goal is during his long periods on the bench, scoring twice in three starts this campaign. However, it seems Mourinho will need more from the former Liverpool target to overcome their next opponents.

Mourinho's selection headache

Chelsea hold home advantage this weekend and will be expected to attack Liverpool, however, their top scorer, Willian, has only netted four times - two coming in the Champions League.

Oscar is another of the Blues' goal getters, particularly from set pieces, but again, he is also struggling to live up to the form that won Chelsea the title last campaign.

Klopp won't find a better time to face Mourinho's side and what better team to bag your first Premier League victory against as Liverpool manager?

With Costa's fitness in question - like his goalscoring form - Mourinho will require a new goal source to step up if they are to break out of this bad run.

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Premier League
Liverpool
Jose Mourinho
Diego Costa
Chelsea
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