Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool left-back Kostas Tsimikas picked up a slight knock during last night’s game.
The Greek featured for the full 90 minutes as the Reds beat Wolves 1-0. But speaking via the Liverpool Echo after the match, Klopp suggested that it hadn’t been easy for Tsimikas.
“Kostas [Tsimikas] got a knock in the back, so let’s see how they recover,” he said. “We have now this game and four days to train and after that five or six days of training until the next game. It’s always like this, it’s always about who shows up in training.
“The door is open for everybody. We have to fight and whoever is ready to fight has a good chance to play.”
The Liverpool boss also gave an update on Darwin Nunez, after the striker missed Liverpool’s last two games.
“I don’t think it would be right after one game to say that’s the team for the next eight weeks or whatever. Let’s have a look. I hope that Darwin is coming back and training tomorrow or Thursday. He might then be in contention [to play Chelsea],” said Klopp. Great news, we’ve missed the king of chaos.
Tsimikas struggling to take his chances
Tsimikas’ injury can’t have been too bad, otherwise the 26-year-old wouldn’t have carried on playing last night. Either way, it’s a worry for Liverpool to be picking up more problems.
Klopp also shared after the game that Harvey Elliott had played through a slight ankle issue at Molineux.
Still, neither problem looks particularly troublesome on first viewing. Even if it did, Liverpool could get by right now without both Tsimikas and Elliott.
The left-back’s form has been a little patchy at times lately. His display at Brentford in particular was really poor and he was replaced at half-time by Andy Robertson.
Where there used to be a pretty credible debate over who should be the first choice starter for Liverpool, now it’s once again undoubtedly Robertson.
Koastas is of course a more than able back-up. But when he gets his chances, as he did last night, he could do without these knocks hampering him further.