Kostas Tsimikas now faces a very difficult season with Liverpool. The 24-year-old suffered a setback on a rare start against FC Midtjylland.
Kostas Tsimikas made just his third start of the season against Midtjylland on Wednesday. In fact, it was only just fourth appearance full-stop.
The Greek left-back arrived for around £11m in August as a solid backup to Andy Robertson but injuries have hurt things already. Tsimikas hasn’t even made many matchday squads, let alone played.
When he has played, you can see the potential, though. Tsimikas is aggressive, energetic, and exactly the kind of player Liverpool want at fulll-back.
There’s a reason they went out and signed him, after all.
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But Tsimikas needs games to get used to the style of play, his teammates, and the specific role. He needs games just to stay match fit, in truth.
So starts are absolutely vital, especially when you look set to play a full 90 minutes. Thus Wednesday must have been a real blow.
Tsimikas went off injured in the second-half against Midtjylland. He lasted an hour and then off he went, replaced by Robertson.
And at this period in the season, that’s a huge blow. Liverpool have a busy fixture list – their busiest they’ll have – and Tsimikas won’t be fully fit for it.
That busy schedule means Jurgen Klopp may want to rest Andy Robertson. The boss has wanted to do that recently, in fact, admitting that he planned to put Tsimikas on against Brighton.
Substitutions and injuries to others prevented that, however.
So with Robertson potentially needing rest, Tsimikas would have a chance to step in and show what he can do with other first-team players. Injury could rob him of that, though.
And if it does, he may not get another good chance this season. The schedule will ease up a bit and the need to rest Robertson diminishes.
So when Tsimikas does get games, it will likely be with heavily rotated sides in the FA Cup. That’s not the best thing for his development – he’ll want to be with the stars.
This injury comes at a horrible time, then. It may well rob the player of his greatest opportunity to make a mark this season. With it gone, Tsimikas could well be in for a tough campaign with very limited gametime.