Kostas Tsimikas could be an unexpected casualty of new Liverpool signing Ben Davies. The latter joined the Reds on a manic deadline day.
Liverpool bought Kostas Tsimikas for £11.75m ahead of the season. It was an under-the-radar deal but one that we quite liked.
Tsimikas gave Jurgen Klopp a ‘complete’ squad – i.e. he now had two players for every position. That’s a luxury few teams have – arguably, only Manchester City.
Now, injuries soon ripped that luxury away and left Klopp with the opposite. He no longer even had one player for every position and had to try new things in defence and midfield.
Tsimikas was an injury casualty, too, but you’d think he had a long-term problem like Virgil van Dijk or Joe Gomez. He doesn’t – we just never see him.
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That does sometimes happen with new signings, admittedly. Andy Robertson didn’t break into the team until the December after he arrived. Fabinho didn’t play in the Premier League until the end of September.
But this is different. Tsimikas hasn’t made his Premier League debut and we’re two days into February.
He’s played one League Cup game and 130 minutes in the Champions League. That’s it. Doesn’t exactly shout ‘first-team player’.
It just really feels as though Liverpool aren’t sold on Tsimikas right now. And we do wonder if Davies’ arrival plays into that.
Tsimikas is distant backup behind Robertson. So much so, in fact, that having a specialised left-back might not make sense.
Instead, Liverpool could go for a similar thing as they had at right-back. That is, having your cover be a centre-back who can play out wide if asked.
Joe Gomez did that behind Trent Alexander-Arnold, of course, before Neco Williams developed.
Davies does have a history at left-back. He hasn’t played there for a little while but broke into the Preston lineup at full-back (thanks to Olly at Deepdale Digest for some background there).
The 25-year-old is now the only left-footed centre-back at the club, after all.
We think this adds up. It would mean Davies has a secure squad spot even when players return from injury, as he can cover two positions.
And if Tsimikas isn’t impressing, having him as backup to Robertson feels pointless – he’s only ever going to play when the Scot is injured.
Perhaps we’ll see Davies play the role at times, then, and if we do, it would spell bad news for Tsimikas.