Kostas Tsimikas got his full Premier League debut on Saturday – a year after joining Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp gave his take after the Reds beat Norwich 3-0.
Kostas Tsimikas was always likely to get his full Premier League debut against Norwich City. Andy Robertson will be out for the next little while, after all.
That makes the Greek international Liverpool’s best available option at left-back – something that never really happened in his first season. Now, though, is Tsimikas’s chance.
We went into it with some excitement. Tsimikas has looked really good across pre-season and appears to be the kind of player Liverpool like.
He’s aggressive, high-energy and forward-thinking. Really, he should be a wonderful backup and competition for Robertson.
Injuries meant we didn’t see much of him last season, though. Tsimikas played just six Premier League minutes, with another 135 in the Champions League.
This was his big chance – so how does Jurgen Klopp feel it went?
Klopp on full Tsimikas debut
“Kostas played very good,” said Klopp, per the Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst. “Then someone pulled the plug but that is normal, he played a really good game.”
That about sums it up. Tsimikas started really well and looked at home in this Liverpool side. He slowed down quite a lot in the second half, though.
Maybe that was because of tiredness, or perhaps Liverpool’s lead made him lose concentration. Either way, it was a small concern in an otherwise promising display.
Both Virgil van Dijk and James Milner laid into Tsimikas during the game as a result of lapses in concentration. That kind of reminder from your teammates should go a long way to assuring the 25-year-old stays focused in future.
So we’re not worried. All in all, this was good from Tsimikas as we look forward to seeing what he can do at Anfield next week.