Liverpool sign Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos but Jurgen Klopp might want more than that. Words from July suggest that’s the case.
Tsimikas will provide cover for Andy Robertson and, hopefully, develop into an elite player himself. He’s only 24, after all, but has plenty of experience both in the Champions League and winning titles.
He may not be the only move, though. The Echo said back in July that the Reds had ‘leeway’ to pursue one deal and that they’d look for a left-back.
Things have changed since then, however. For one, Dejan Lovren has left the club for £10.9m.
And that’s very relevant for two reasons. Firstly, Liverpool reportedly had that leeway before Lovren left the club, which suggests they already had the money. Lovren’s fee effectively covers Tsimikas’, though, so the initial money should still be there.
But the other reason is even clearer. It comes from Klopp himself, who talked in July about the importance of having Lovren at the club before the Croatian left.
“The situation is absolutely clear – Dejan is a player of LFC and we need him,” he told the official site. “In this moment again, with Joel [Matip] injured we have again only three centre-halves.
“So one more injured – and Dejan had a little problem the last two weeks, not massive but little, he is now available again – [and] that’s what you need. You need the quality we have on the centre-half position to be successful.”
Liverpool don’t have that quality anymore – they’re a player short at the back. They reportedly don’t want to promote youngsters yet, which surely means signing a player is the only option?
If the money and leeway are still there, we don’t think Klopp will be satisfied with just Tsimikas this summer. The possibility that Liverpool move for a centre-half is very real.