Jürgen Klopp doesn’t need to make any eye catching signings this summer. The boss is blessed with a consistently fit starting XI that can best any opponent on their day. We can, however, expect the boss to look at signing back up options. Liverpool signing reported target Konstantinos Tsimikas would help solve the key issue of backup at left back.
Liverpool chasing Tsimikas
According to a report by Greek outlet FOS, Olympiacos left back Konstantinos Tsimikas is just one name on a shortlist of potential backup left backs.
The report claims that if Liverpool were to sign Tsimikas they would have to pay around £7m for the Greek international.
This isn’t the first time the Reds have been linked with the defender, back in April the club’s interest was reported by SDNA but at a higher price of £22m.
Does he fit the bill?
Liverpool signing Tsimikas does make sense on paper. The left back is just 24-years-old meaning he would have plenty of time to improve and we could even make a profit on him a bit further down the line.
The Greek international played 20 times in the league last season, netting five assists along the way – a promising tally given his age.
Michael Edwards would also be buoyed by the quoted £7m price tag, the Reds aren’t in a position to spend big this summer so this would be an attractive fee.
If Liverpool were to sign Tsimikas he would be able to solve a glaring issue that Jürgen Klopp has: the lack of a natural backup for Andy Robertson.
At the minute the Reds have James Milner filling in when needed and most recently Neco Williams putting in a shift at left back.
Neither of these players are natural left sided defenders, it appears Neco Williams’ long term future is on the right – though whether that is the right of defence or the right wing remains to be seen.
With the Reds crying out for cover at left back Liverpool signing Tsimikas for £7m would be a shrewd move.