Jurgen Klopp liked what he saw from Kostas Tsimikas late last season, according to reports. The Greek full-back is sticking around.
This comes from the Athletic. They claim Kostas Tsimikas impressed Jurgen Klopp with his training displays late last season.
That’s a large part of the reason why Tsimikas won’t be going anywhere this summer. He will remain with Liverpool and form part of the squad next season.
That’s despite reports linking him away. Fotomac in Turkey, for instance, believe Fenerbahce want Tsimikas.
But it appears the Reds will stick with him. So what does that mean?
Tsimikas impresses Klopp
Tsimikas barely played last season. He made just seven appearances but that really doesn’t tell the whole story. The 25-year-old didn’t even come close to seven games’ worth of football.
His two Premier League appearances combined for just six minutes. Four Champions League outings totally 131 minutes. Yes, Tsimikas featured in seven games but six of those didn’t even add up to two full 90s.
He was a forgotten man who frequently battle injuries and couldn’t get into the side. Not that we’d blame him for that one bit.
It’s not easy to get into the Reds’ team, for one. Liverpool take their time with most new signings as it is, let alone when they’re reigning world champions.
There was a very high bar for Tsimikas to meet, in other words. He also needed to get ahead of Andy Robertson – the world’s best left-back.
And on top of it all was a defensive injury crisis. Klopp couldn’t call on his best centre-backs and that made playing inexperienced full-backs a real risk.
Combine all of that and it’s hardly a shock that Tsimikas didn’t feature much. It certainly is nice to hear that he was making progress to end the campaign, though.
He may now finally get his chance. Robertson has been at Euro 2020 with Scotland and may not be 100% to start the new season – that opens the door for Tsimikas.
But really, Klopp will just want to rotate his squad more over the next campaign. Last season was very tough, with a big schedule compacted into fewer months. Then international tournaments follow.
Those injuries all over the squad stopped Klopp from resting players when they needed it. All in all, he’ll want to take advantage of numbers going forward.
Tsimikas can offer that as cover at left-back. If Klopp likes what he sees, we imagine the Greek will finally feature with some regularity.