Liverpool’s success in the past few years has largely been down to consistency. The Reds have played the same XI week in, week out on their way to success. However, this consistency has its drawbacks and can only last so long. You need rotation at times, people challenging for spots. Kostas Tsimikas is showing that Andy Robertson finally has competition at Liverpool.
Liverpool sign Kostas Tsimikas
Last summer the Reds were on the hint for cover and competition for Andy Robertson.
Initially the Reds moved for Jamal Lewis but Norwich swiftly rebuffed Michael Edwards’ approach.
Just days later Liverpool signed Kostas Tsimikas for £11.75m.
In his debut season the Greek international only managed just six minutes in the Premier League.
However, we can chalk this paltry amount of action up to the injury crisis at the back – with so many key players missing the boss could ill afford to take out Robbo.
Tsimikas in strong form
This season Kostas Tsimikas played the full 90 minutes of the Reds’ first two games, providing a scintillating assist against Burnley.
He came on as a late substitute against Chelsea.
During the international break he was in sparkling form for his country.
He was seen marauding down the flank against Sweden, storming into the box.
He’s earned a 7.10 WhoScored rating for his performances in all competitions.
Robertson has competition
Finally, finally Robbo has competition.
It is easy to underestimate how important it is for the boss to have competition in key roles.
Previously the Scotland captain was an undisputed first choice for the left back role.
He still is undeniably top of the pecking order but now he knows that he can’t let standards slip.
If he does then we know that Tsimi is waiting to pounce.
This can only have a positive effect on Robertson, he will be spurred on to play his best football lest he be hooked in favour of Tsimikas.
If the Scotsman picks up an injury then who knows how long it’ll take him to reclaim his spot.