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Kostas Tsimikas has taken his chance and deserves a run of games for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp embraced Kostas Tsimikas with a bear hug after full time at Anfield on Wednesday evening but it remains to be seen if the left-back will remain in the side for the trip to West Ham.

In his six starts for the Reds this season, Tsimikas has won six and kept six clean sheets. He’s vital at the moment.

According to WhoScored, he played 4 key passes against Atletico Madrid, had 6 touches, had a 100% take-on success rate, completed all his tackles and wasn’t dispossessed once by a ferocious Diego Simeone side.

Of course, they played with 10 men for most of the match so it was easier for Liverpool than it would have been had they had their full complement of players but that said, the Reds were 2-0 up inside 21 minutes and Felipe was only given his marching orders in the 36th minute.

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While Sadio Mane was excellent before Jurgen Klopp took him off and there were a number of top performers, Tsimikas was my pick of the match as he seamlessly came into the side against a tough opponent and performed as if he’d been starting each game for the last couple of months.

Andy Robertson’s form has been a little worrying recently as I commented on before the game and I’m delighted that my belief that the Greek fullback should start vs Atleti was one that Jurgen Klopp shared.

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He repaid his manager with a fantastic display and had Diogo Jota been more clinical, Tsimikas would have had at least two assists but at the very least I think he’s earned himself a start against West Ham when Liverpool travel to the London Stadium this weekend.

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This weekend’s clash with the Hammers is a must-win as failure to get all three points could see Chelsea extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points which would make the international break very miserable.

A win, however, will keep Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes alive as we head towards the busy Christmas fixture list.

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