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Report: Fenerbahce target deal for Kostas Tsimikas

Fenerbahce want Kostas Tsimikas this summer, according to reports. The Liverpool full-back hasn’t had much of a look-in so far.

This comes from Fotomac in Turkey. They claim Fenerbahce are eyeing up a move for Kostas Tsimikas.

They see an opportunity to get the player in, given he didn’t play often for Liverpool last season. They’d target a loan and the report suggests the Reds are open to it.

Tsimikas to Fenerbahce?

It’s only natural that teams would ask about Tsimikas. Liverpool, surely, are open to offers from other teams.

Tsimikas should be in the prime of his career right now and perhaps is. He was playing very well for Olympiacos when Liverpool signed him. There’s a reason they paid £11m to get him, after all.

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But the move just hasn’t worked out so far. Saying Tsimikas played two Premier League games last season sounds like it sums things up but it really doesn’t.

He only played six minutes. Both appearances came as a time-wasting substitution late on. That’s not what you pay £11m for.

Things were very marginally better in the Champions League. Tsimikas actually started two games in that competition, coming off the bench in two more.

But it still only translated to 131 minutes in Europe. Not even a game and a half. Again, not worth £11m.

Injuries were the big problem – both his and others. Tsimikas left one of those Champions League appearances with an injury and he consistently picked them up last season.

But injuries elsewhere also meant Jurgen Klopp leaned into known quantities. He wanted as much consistency in his team as he could find, seeing as injuries robbed him of it.

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Tsimikas faced a struggle to get into the lineup ahead of Andy Robertson anyway. But with Klopp not wanting to experiment? He faced no chance at all.

Could Tsimikas leave?

The easy answer is ‘yes’. He’s not really serving too much of a purpose for Liverpool right now and effectively lost a season of his career last term. The Reds may want to cash-in or loan him out.

A loan could guarantee Tsimikas consistent football to get him back on track. He might need that but he won’t get it with Liverpool.

The problem, though, is that the reason the Reds signed him was as cover and competition for Robertson. That job is still there – Liverpool don’t have another left-back.

So if they sold or loaned him out, they might need to buy a replacement. We can’t imagine they want to do that. It all depends on how they see him.

Do Liverpool believe Tsimikas needs to get back on track and isn’t much use as is? Then he needs to be elsewhere next season. Or do they believe he’ll play more often going forward and is needed at the club? If that’s the belief, then Fenerbahce won’t sign Tsimikas.

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