Liverpool haven’t made any drastic changes to the first team squad this summer. There has been one in, one out. Dejan Lovren was sold and Kostas Tsimikas was brought in. The addition of the Greek defender addressed a key issue in the squad, Andy Robertson has discussed the competition he’ll face from Tsimikas.
Liverpool sign Tsimikas
Before the summer transfer window opened one of the areas that needed addressing was the lack of a natural backup for Andy Robertson.
The Reds acted swiftly to fill this gap with the club signing Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos for a reported fee of £11.75m.
The Greek fullback came in just days after the Reds had a bid rejected for Jamal Lewis of Norwich City – a masterstroke which showed future selling clubs that Michael Edwards won’t be hanging around.
Robertson on Tsimikas
Now that the Reds have another left back, Robbo has competition and cover for once.
The Scotsman was a backup himself when he arrived, covering Alberto Moreno for a time before decisively ousting him from the squad.
Robertson has discussed the Tsimikas signing, relishing the competition he told Liverpool’s official site:
“I’ve seen him in training and he looks a really good player. I can’t say I saw much of him playing for Olympiacos and things like that but it’s up to the club and they’ve obviously seen something there that can improve the squad and I’ve got no doubt he will do.
“I want to stay the number one left-back. I want to play as many games as I can, to stay fit, to keep my levels high and I want to be playing every game. I know that’s not always possible but that’s my attitude going into it and it’s up to me to keep putting in performances and hopefully stay number one left-back.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool signing a new left back was necessary not just for cover but for competition.
As Andy Robertson has pointed out, Kostas Tsimikas joining the club should spur on the Scotsman’s performances.
Our number one left back now knows that he cannot afford to let his form drop or he will be replaced in the side.
This can only be a good thing for Robbo, not only does he have the competition but he can also take a rest if he needs to.