'Absolutely great': Klopp says 25-year-old Liverpool man barely trained before playing against Forest yesterday
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'Absolutely great': Klopp says 25-year-old Liverpool man barely trained before playing against Forest yesterday

Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Kostas Tsimikas only returned from a spell out with Covid the day before Liverpool’s game against Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to Viaplay Football (4mins 27) after Liverpool won 1-0 yesterday, the manager said that it was touch-and-go if Tsimikas would play.

“He only came back yesterday,” said Klopp. “He had COVID but without any kind of symptoms, he could play 90 minutes which is absolutely great.”

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Tsimikas did more than just play 90 minutes, he supplied the cross which Diogo Jota poked home to send Liverpool into the semi-final.

The Greek left-back put in a good overall display as he dealt with the threat of reported Liverpool target Djed Spence on Forest’s right-hand-side.

As Liverpool struggled to create a clear opening, his in-swinging right-footed cross was the moment of quality The Reds needed. Jota stabbed it in and Klopp’s side head to Wembley again.

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Quality backup

Tsimikas hasn’t played too much in recent times as Andy Robertson has rediscovered his best form. But his ability to slot in when needed is a big part of why Liverpool find themselves chasing the quadruple.

The 25-year-old had a nightmare first season on Merseyside last year. Having signed from Olympiakos for £11.7m, a mixture of Covid and injury issues meant that he played just seven times all campaign.

As a result, Andy Robertson played 50 times, starting all 38 Premier League games. This inevitably led to the Scotsman being heavy with fatigue going into this season.

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Whilst showing himself capable of being Liverpool’s left-back, Tsimikas also gave Robbo the break he needed. His marauding runs and excellent crossing even put Robertson’s position as an undisputed starter under threat.

With Klopp also revealing that Robertson himself had gone down with Covid pre-game (Livepool Echo), it’s a good job that Kostas was fit and available.

He won’t be starting every game between now and May. But on Sunday Tsimikas proved yet again that Liverpool have one of the most reliable deputies around.

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