Kostas Tsimikas kept his incredible record this season going with a great performance for Liverpool against Arsenal. The Reds ran out 4-0 winners at Anfield.
Liverpool got back to winning ways on Saturday as they crushed Arsenal 4-0. It was exactly what they needed after dropping points against both Brighton and West Ham United.
This was a magnificent all-around performance, made to look even better by an injury crisis at Anfield. Liverpool lacked nine first-team players for this one, forcing Jurgen Klopp into changes.
One of those came at left-back. Andy Robertson picked up a hamstring issue with Scotland, meaning Kostas Tsimikas stepped in to face Arsenal.
Tsimikas has played very well this season and, once again, caught the eye here. In fact, he kept up a pretty amazing record.
Kostas Tsimikas continues record v Arsenal
Tsimikas faced Arsenal having not conceded a goal this season. And this season is very much not like last time, where he played six Premier League minutes across the campaign.
No, Tsimikas is a genuine option this season and playing well. Though, his clean-sheet record did come with a caveat.
Klopp hadn’t actually played Tsimikas in a ‘difficult’ game. The biggest he’d had so far – against Atletico Madrid – saw his opponents drop to 10 men before half-time. So while he wasn’t conceding goals, you also wouldn’t expect him to.
Now, that’s not to say his record wasn’t impressive. But it wasn’t quite as sensational as it first looked. That’s why we labelled Tsimikas v Arsenal as the biggest game of his Anfield career.
Here came opponents who hadn’t lost since August and were one place below Liverpool in the table. A win would put the Gunners ahead of the Reds.
In a dominant display, however, Liverpool put Arsenal away with style. Tsimikas played a big role in that, too, as he kept his clean-sheet record alive in a big game.
Defensively, Tsimikas was fantastic as he won four tackles out of four – a game-high for Liverpool. He created two chances for teammates on top of that and enjoyed plenty of the ball with 70 touches.
This was a big, high-stakes game but Tsimikas delivered once again. His record remains intact and he just generally played well. We said during the week that a good display would put serious pressure on Robertson for a first-team place.
You can consider that pressure firmly on.