Liverpool left-back Kostas Tsimikas has hinted that he is staying at the club next season.
There had been rumours of potential interest from Serie A and La Liga, although Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Reds rejected the approaches.
Now, Tsimikas has appeared to end all rumours about his future. He has claimed that he wants to play more games for Liverpool next season.
Speaking to LFC TV, the Greece international said: “The first six months [of his Liverpool career] were very difficult for me because I had Covid and two injuries, but the second half of the year was very good.
“Now I’m more ready and in good shape to give everything for the team and to help the team to achieve our goals.
He continued: “I know I have to challenge the best left-back in the world, for me. This gives me the extra power every day to keep working hard and to be as good as I can.
“My target for next season is to stay healthy, to play more games and to help my team.”
Would have made no sense for Liverpool to sell Tsimikas – RTK View
This interview should end any rumours of Tsimikas leaving Liverpool this summer.
Frankly, it would have made no sense at all to sell him.
We saw last season that Andy Robertson lost a bit of form at the turn of the year. This was because he had to play so much football.
Had Tsimikas not been injured early in the year, then Robertson would have got more of a break.
By the time the summer signing got back to fitness, Liverpool’s back four was decimated by injury. Robertson simply had to play every game because the rest of the defence was so inexperienced.
Every game was a must-win, so Jurgen Klopp could not have taken the risk of playing a player that was not 100% settled in alongside the likes of Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.
Next season, that will change. There should be no issue throwing Tsimikas in beside the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Expect Robertson to play the majority of games, with Tsimikas thrown in whenever the Scotsman needs a break.
We expect to see plenty of the 25-year-old in 2021/22.