Kostas Tsimikas is loving 'healthy' competition over minutes with Andy Robertson
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Kostas Tsimikas is loving 'healthy' competition over minutes with Andy Robertson

Kostas Tsimikas told Liverpoolfc.com that he is loving the competition for a place in the starting XI, competing with Andy Robertson.

The Greek international is thriving. In my eyes, he should be the first name on the team sheet, but Robertson showed against Porto that he’s not going to make it easy for his teammate.

That said, Liverpool’s no.21 is in such good form that it’s almost impossible to leave him on the bench. He might not be assisting as much as he was at the start of the season but his record is impeccable.

Tsimikas assured the club’s official website that he is reveling in the fight for a starting place, but insists there is no beef and no bad blood with Robertson.

“Yeah, it’s very healthy competition,” he told Liverpoolfc.com ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Southampton at Anfield. “Me and Andy work a lot in training.

“We give absolutely everything to play in the team. In my opinion, it’s very, very healthy; we help each other, we are very close to each other, if someone wants something he asks the other.

“Always we try to find the best for the team and we work for that. And I’m happy because I have this player next to me and this competition is very healthy.”

I hope to see Tsimikas in the starting XI when Southampton visit Anfield tomorrow and I think his displays warrant the continued inclusion.

However, if Robertson starts, I hope he shows the same enthusiasm and energy that he did when he was introduced against Porto, as he has been lethargic and hapless at times this season.

It would be great to see the Scotsman get an assist or even a goal on his next start to help build his confidence back up.

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