Liverpool have completed the transfer for Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos. It would represent a success where they failed last year.
Liverpool confirmed the signing of Tsimikas on Monday. The Greek left-back is a player they’ve followed for three years, per Sky Sports, and he’d come in as backup for Andy Robertson for around £11.75m.
The hope, of course, is that Tsimikas can develop into an elite player in his own right. But initially, the 24-year-old is undoubtedly cover for the Scot.
While bringing in a cover player doesn’t exactly sound like a big success, this one really is. Before he’s even kicked a ball, Tsimikas represents success where Liverpool failed last year.
Because this isn’t the first time they’ve chased such a player. Liverpool wanted a backup left-back last summer, too, according to the Echo. That search ended in failure, however, and the Reds went into the season with only one recognised player in Robertson.
While it ended up being a hugely successful season, Liverpool were fortunate in the end that nothing happened to Robertson. An injury would have hurt things significantly as there wasn’t anyone to replace him.
The club recognised that, too, and as per the Echo report above, they approached this transfer window with leeway for just one signing – a backup left-back.
Beating the odds
Not only have Liverpool corrected a failure from last summer with the Tsimikas transfer but they’ve done it in a difficult time. The economic climate makes deals more complicated than usual.
Teams will think twice before doing anything and that makes this a tougher window than last year. Even Liverpool themselves are more cautious with their money – they don’t want any unnecessary risks.
They couldn’t justify £50m for Timo Werner, after all – a fantastic player who would have improved things. But despite that, they have managed to achieve their one goal in finding a left-back.
Even better, they’ve effectively covered his fee with Dejan Lovren’s sale. Altogether, it’s fantastic business in a difficult time that corrects their only major failure from last year.