Kostas Tsimikas now looks unlikely to get his chance at Liverpool this season. The Greek defender only signed in the summer.
Kostas Tsimikas was supposed to complete the Liverpool squad. He was the missing rotation option – finally, someone who can cover Andy Robertson.
Well, it’s now March and we’ve seen Tsimikas for a grand total of 135 minutes across the Premier League and Champions League. And 130 of those came in Europe.
Five minutes in a home defeat to Manchester City is all of Tsimikas’s Premier League football. Not exactly the plan.
In truth, it’s been hard to get him on the pitch. He’s one of the many, many Liverpool players to succumb to injuries this season.
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But regardless of the reason, we’ve barely seen Tsimikas. It’s impossible to judge how good he is. And at this point, we wonder if we’ll ever even have a chance to.
Liverpool approach crunch time in the season. Big games will come thick and fast, while there’s less emphasis on keeping players fresh long-term.
Especially someone like Andy Robertson. The Scot is, certainly in our opinion, the world’s best left-back. He’s also a machine, capable of playing every game to a high level.
Now, the time will come when he needs to rest for a game. That’s when we’ll see Tsimikas.
But we won’t see the best of Tsimikas. There’s next to no chance that he’s up to speed with the team, given his lack of games. He’s also never going to get a chance to learn everything when he’s playing maybe two or three games before the season ends.
Which makes us wonder – will Jurgen Klopp even bother? If the games are all important, he may not want to throw an untested, learning-on-the-job defender into the mix.
He may prefer to play James Milner there. The veteran midfielder does know how to play the Klopp style.
This season could end before we even judge Tsimikas. That’s not what Liverpool paid £11m for but it’s the reality.
With every passing game, his chances of making an impression this season fade a little more.