Liverpool defender Kostas Tsimikas has been touted with a potential Anfield exit this summer, with Galatasaray after the 24-year-old’s signature, according to reports.
This comes from the Turkish publication A Spor. They claim that despite interest from afar, Tsimikas has no intention of leaving the Reds.
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Tsimikas, 24, has struggled for game-time this season since completing a £11.75 million transfer from Olympiacos last summer. This has largely been down to injury, with Tsimikas clocking up just 135 minutes of competitive action this term.
He has just one Premier League appearance, too, coming in the form of a five-minute cameo against Manchester City last month.
The six-time Greece international was supposed to be the missing rotation option to complete Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League-winning squad.
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Unfortunately, six months on from his summer arrival and we have barely even scratched the surface in terms of what Tsimikas is capable of.
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We’re not exactly surprised to see that Tsmikas’ preference is to remain with the club he described as the ‘biggest in the world’, per BBC Sport, following his arrival on Merseyside.
Klopp, too, sees him as a long-term prospect at Anfield. The Liverpool boss lauded Tsimikas as a ‘perfect fit’ after his unveiling on August 10.
So, the question that remains is when exactly will Klopp trust Tsimikas to make his mark in the first-team?
Well, with the games coming thick and fast, you’d like to think Andy Robertson will soon be granted a rest. He has played in every Premier League and Champions League match this season, after all.
Still, there is the worry that Tsimikas won’t be up to speed with his teammates, given his limited involvement.
The only way he’s going to learn, too, is if he is in the team playing. The risk, though, is that Liverpool’s upcoming matches are too important to risk a player still learning on the job.
With that said, we shouldn’t judge Tsimikas too much this season. Similarly to a number of his teammates, this campaign has been a bit of a write-off for a number of mitigating circumstances.
Tsimikas was brought in for the long-term, after all. We’re just going to have to trust in the process on this one.