Liverpool defender Kostas Tsimikas is set to return to training as early as next week according to reputable journalist David Lynch.
Tsimikas, 24, has been on the sidelines following a thigh injury sustained on his full Liverpool debut during the 7-2 victory in the Carabao Cup against Lincoln City last month.
He has since missed Liverpool’s five matches, failing to make the matchday squad on one single occasion and is certain to miss a sixth when the Premier League champions host Sheffield United at Anfield on Saturday night.
However, Tsimikas is expected to resume full training next week at Melwood to put himself back in contention with the games coming thick-and-fast for Jurgen Klopp and his players.
Liverpool’s next two midweek fixtures are scheduled for Champions League participation as the 2019 winners host FC Midtjylland before travelling to Atalanta the following week, with Premier League fixtures against West Ham United and Manchester City pencilled in-between.
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As such, the availability of Tsimikas will enable Klopp to look at rotating Andy Robertson, who so far has played 90 minutes in every Premier League and Champions League fixture this season.
This is a major boost for the team given Liverpool cannot afford any more injuries to key places following the recent losses of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Thiago Alcantara.
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This is good news for Liverpool given Klopp will require the bulk of his squad as we reach another significant period of the season.
Tsimikas didn’t play against Arsenal but his absence was felt. The Greek left-back can certainly make a big difference in certain games where rotation will be need. Injury kept him out, meaning James Milner filled in at left-back.
Milner, as he has done in the past, selflessly stepped up in an unfavourable role. But you can see the limitations there. Liverpool don’t function the same when the 34-year-old is covering for Robertson. He has to cut back a lot due to the limitations of being right-footed, negating the width on that side and slowing play down.
Fortunately, this should be a one-off. The compact schedule may mean Liverpool want to rest Robertson more often than last but with Tsimikas should be there to cover.
And that fixes the problem immediately. Tsimikas is a natural left-back and one who looks to get forward to provide that attacking impetus Liverpool look for in their full-backs.
That’s vital if the Reds want to compete in all competitions. Tsimikas can allow them to play they’re natural way without issue, even as a back-up. Yes, he was relatively cheap and yes, he’s a squad player, but Tsimikas should help Liverpool compete on all fronts this season.
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