Jurgen Klopp needs to play Kostas Tsimikas over the next few weeks. The Greek has barely featured since joining the club.
It’s hard to know how good Kostas Tsimikas actually is as we haven’t really seen him play. He’s yet to start a Premier League game this season.
In fact, it passed us by amidst all the doom and gloom that Sunday was his Premier League debut – so, congratulations Kostas.
But it was just five minutes. Tsimikas has three Champions League appearances, too, but they amount to just 130 minutes. That’s not a lot to go by.
It all gives the impression of a misfit – someone Liverpool don’t quite trust enough to play in their system. Especially when that system is hanging by a thread after injuries.
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Now, though, Klopp has to play him. It would be ridiculous not to.
To be fair to Klopp, Tsimikas has been injured quite a bit. He hasn’t been able to use him often anyway.
It’s important to integrate him over the next few weeks, though, if only to get the best out of Andy Robertson.
Here’s what Jamie Carragher told Monday Night Football this week:
“I felt for him on the fourth goal. When the ball went over his head I was watching it in commentary and I was thinking ‘that’s not Andy Robertson, he’s not got out there quick enough’.
“We are talking about the most aggressive and intense full-back we’ve seen in the last few years but it was almost physical and mental fatigue.”
Robertson has effectively played every few days this season. It’s quite incredible how much football he’s played.
It’s not like he’s coming off the bench or even leaving to the bench, either. He’s playing the full 90 every time.
A lot of that is because Tsimikas isn’t available or, it seems, trusted. But that has to change. If Liverpool want Robertson to last the season, now’s the time to rest him here and there.
So we want to see more of Tsimikas in order to guarantee Robertson at his best when the truly big games arrive.
If Liverpool fancy the Champions League, for instance, the Scot needs to play at his peak. That won’t happen without some rest around about now.
So it falls on Tsimikas to step up and for Klopp to trust him. It’ll pay off in the long run.