Kostas Tsimikas put in a great performance for Liverpool against Burnley on Saturday. He’s cementing the 2020 transfer window as an all-time great one.
Kostas Tsimikas faced some pressure on Saturday. The impending return of Andy Robertson will almost certainly push him out of the starting XI.
It meant that the Burnley game was one of the final guaranteed starts of Tsimikas’s season. He doesn’t get too many opportunities to impress – in fact, he had barely any last season.
Tsimikas played just six Premier League minutes across his debut season. He only added 135 minutes in the Champions League. In other words, we saw the Greek play a little over one-and-a-half games over Liverpool’s most important competitions.
Thus we didn’t have much of an impression of Tsimikas? Was he any good? No one really knew. Now, however, it seems clear.
Tsimikas played quite well against Norwich City last week on his full Premier League debut. He moved up a level against Burnley, though.
Defensively, the 25-year-old won three tackles, made three clearances and picked up an interception. Going forward, Tsimikas created four chances and assisted the opener.
He was brilliant and with that, we can look back on the 2020 transfer window with some awe.
Tsimikas cements great transfer window
Liverpool followed up their Premier League title victory with three transfers: Tsimikas, Thiago and Diogo Jota.
While the former was still a question mark heading into this campaign, we’d seen brilliance from the latter two.
Thiago was seriously impressive to end last season. He was consistently running Liverpool’s midfield as they went on a winning run that secured a third-place finish.
Jota doesn’t need much explanation. He’s turned into a goal machine, racking up important strikes last season and kicking off this one with two goals in two games.
Liverpool have smashed it with those three transfers, then. They signed an elite midfielder who adds immeasurable quality, a forward who’s still only 24 but can’t stop scoring, and yet another full-back capable of creating at the top level.
It’s a shame we’ve had to wait a year to confirm it but it’s hard to think of a transfer window that’s ever gone better.