Liverpool have gotten their summer transfer window underway having completed the signing of Kostas Tsimikas this week. The Greek international has joined the Reds from Olympiacos for a fee of £11.7m. The full back will be joining as cover for Andy Robertson at left back but will be expected to provide competition for the starting berth in the coming years. Twitter has been applauding Liverpool for their signing of Tsimikas.
Liverpool sign Tsimikas for a snip
Liverpool snapping up Tsimikas for £11.7m is a bargain in anybody’s language. For a player just 24-years-old with plenty of first team experience, a European campaign and a title under his belt, £11.7m is a pittance.
The fee is also miniscule in comparison to the fees being touted for other full backs in the Premier League; Chelsea have been told, according to The Mirror, they will have to pay £80m for Ben Chilwell.
The Reds’ pursuit of their new wing back was a whirlwind affair. The club had recently put in a £10m bid for Jamal Lewis, according to James Pearce.
The bid was swiftly rejected and within a couple of days Liverpool had announced the signing of Kostas Tsimikas.
The swift and public moving between targets was a masterstroke by the club, ensuring that future sellers aren’t tempted into wasting the Reds’ time.
Rival fans envious
The Tactical Times (well worth a follow for stats and analysis) pointed out just how swiftly the deal was completed after it was first reported.
Liverpool aren’t great at playing the transfer saga game. From news of a bid to presentations in a shirt within 12 hours. https://t.co/FXPD9QF8m7
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) August 10, 2020
Arsenal fans were getting jealous at the way the Reds conduct their business.
I’m a gooner but I really respect Liverpool’s way of scouting and identifying players, we aspire to be as good as them at it, salute to Liverpool
— Mikel Artekkers (@Artekkerz) August 9, 2020
Manchester United fans were equally envious, their club seems to constantly be drawn into prolonged negotiations for megabucks flops whilst the Reds bag bargains.
I’m really envious of how the likes of Liverpool have identified good talent and got them at a good rate. No one had heard of Firminho, Robertson etc when they bought them. Why United aren’t following the same approach is beyond me!?! Woodward wants his head sorting.
— Matt Waller (@Matt_W1985) August 10, 2020
Another United fan was impressed with his display against Wolves.
I saw him play against wolves last week, great work rate and attacks with intent! Good defensively and will improve. Although I’m a Man United supporter, but have to say that Liverpool got a good deal. I hope he flops 😂
— Nabeel (@Nabeel86622568) August 10, 2020
Just look how inexpensive our full backs are in comparison to Manchester City’s…
TAA, Robertson, Tsimikas, Neco = £19.75m
Walker, Mendy, Cancelo, Zinchenko = £131m
There’s levels to this game. pic.twitter.com/QBWQaQ55dw
— MB (@MrBoywunder) August 9, 2020
Ultimately the signing served one clear message: Liverpool won’t be held to ransom.
Like Liverpool’s approach. Can’t be held to ransom. Sending clear message to other selling clubs. Be reasonable or we move on. That’s a great philosophy coz there are always plenty of players for any one position.
— Patrick Makanza (@siyapanaka) August 9, 2020