Kostas Tsimikas should inspire some January signings at Liverpool. He’s about to become very important at Anfield.
It’s the international break and you know what that means – injuries for Liverpool to deal with. The most recent of those is to Andy Robertson, who limped off for Scotland this week.
It appears to be a hamstring injury but who knows how long he’ll be out for? Liverpool have an awful recent history with this and few would be surprised if we don’t see Robertson until December.
But this situation doesn’t just bring worry – it’s also a lesson. After all, Robertson is one of the few players in Liverpool’s best XI who they can cover.
If Mohamed Salah or Trent Alexander-Arnold get injured, the Reds have serious problems. Neither has any senior cover, let alone players who can replicate what they offer.
Robertson, though, does have support in Kostas Tsimikas. The Greek, like the Scot, is a high-tempo, energetic full-back who works very hard and wants to get forward.
Liverpool can slot him right in and while Tsimikas maybe isn’t at Robertson’s level, the game plan doesn’t change. That’s a wonderful thing and we’ve already seen Tsimikas come in and shine this season.
And as we say – that should be a lesson as we move into late November.
Will Liverpool make January signings?
Tsimikas wasn’t exactly expensive. Liverpool paid £11.75m to sign him from Olympiacos, making him one of their cheaper senior transfers in recent years.
For that, the squad got safety at a time just like this. Liverpool, after all, suffered some disappointing results against Brighton and West Ham United. It set them back in the title fight but the busy December period offers them a chance to fight back.
A great run of form over the end of the year can secure you a position in the title race. It can even win you the title – as we saw first-hand in 2019.
Having Tsimikas saves Liverpool, then. Without him, they’d face a much tougher six weeks as Robertson battles back from injury.
And perhaps that should send a message to Liverpool ahead of January. That’s an opportunity to boost the squad in other areas, after all, potentially signing players to cover the likes of Salah and Alexander-Arnold.
Without doing so, Liverpool ride their luck and hope their stars don’t pick up problems. Though, Salah and Sadio Mane will disappear anyway as the AFCON takes place.
This is a further reminder of how valuable solid squad options can be, then. AFCON or not, Liverpool could do with some support.