According to a report from Liverpool Echo, Kostas Tsimikas has expressed his aspirations for ‘greater achievements’ following the extension of his contract with Liverpool. The defender is eager to build on his recent commitment to the club and aims to experience more success at Anfield.
Tsimikas’ Impressive Run For Liverpool
Tsimikas had a solid season with Liverpool in the previous campaign, delivering some impressive performances on the left flank. He made 26 appearances for the Merseyside club and contributed with 6 assists in various competitions. In the current season, the Greek international has already made two appearances, earning a starting spot in Liverpool’s first Europa League group stage match.
The 27-year-old served as dependable backup in Jurgen Klopp’s defensive lineup, averaging 0.7 tackles, 0.7 clearances, and 0.9 key passes per game during the 2022/23 Premier League season. His passing accuracy was also notable, with a successful completion rate of 85.4% in the English top flight (stats via whoscored).
Having recently extended his contract with Liverpool, he is committed to Anfield until the summer of 2027 and this might be beneficial for Tsimikas in many ways.
Good Decision From Jurgen Klopp In Extending His Stay At Anfield?
In the 2022/23 season, Kostas Tsimikas made 26 appearances for Liverpool across various competitions. However, the statistics don’t tell the full story, as many of his appearances came as a result of rotational changes, injuries, or cup fixtures. The presence of the immensely talented and established Andrew Robertson ahead of him in the pecking order limited his involvement in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League, where Jurgen Klopp typically preferred the Scottish full-back.
One cannot ignore the fierce competition that Tsimikas faces for a spot in the starting lineup. Andrew Robertson, who is widely considered one of the best left-backs in the world, is an indispensable part of Klopp’s tactical setup. Robertson’s exceptional ability to contribute offensively and defensively makes him a vital cog in Liverpool’s wheel.
Nonetheless, the Greek defender remains an extremely important player for Klopp’s defensive line up. Liverpool’s participation in multiple competitions necessitates a deep squad. Tsimikas’s contributions in cup competitions, as seen in the previous season, can be pivotal in cup runs, which can add silverware to the club’s trophy cabinet.
Additionally, Tsimikas can also play as a left-wing-back or as a left midfielder, providing Klopp with tactical flexibility. This adaptability can prove invaluable during specific matches or tactical changes.
At 27 years old, Tsimikas is still in his prime and can continue to develop as a player. Klopp’s coaching staff has a reputation for nurturing talent, and Tsimikas could improve further under their guidance, which explains why Klopp wanted him to commit to the Merseyside club.