Kostas Tsimikas didn’t make the splash he would have hoped for after becoming a member of Liverpool final season, however the Greek left-back is able to go once more after overcoming a hard begin.
He was signed final summer season to a good quantity of fanfare, contemplating squad depth in that place was one thing the Reds had evidently lacked beforehand.
Competitors and the possibility for a relaxation for Andy Robertson, one of the vital undroppable gamers for a complete vary of causes in Jurgen Klopp‘s workforce, was seen as an enormous optimistic – as was the payment the Reds signed Tsimikas for, having swiftly moved on when it turned clear Jamal Lewis was going to be dearer than Michael Edwards had hoped.
Nonetheless, it was something however a memorable first yr on Merseyside for Kostas, who managed simply seven appearances all yr lengthy – a paltry haul of 225 minutes of motion equating to simply two-and-a-half full video games on the pitch.
To place into perspective how little he featured, that tally is lower than each the second- and third-choice ‘keepers on the membership, lower than all of the defenders who spent a lot of the season out injured and solely half a recreation greater than Marko Grujic, who spent nearly the entire season on mortgage at Porto.
However Tsimikas has defined the robust transition to life at Anfield which in the end scuppered his possibilities of a big effect in his debut marketing campaign, in addition to detailing why a return to health on the again finish of 2020/21 bodes nicely for the approaching marketing campaign.
“The primary six months had been very tough for me as a result of I had COVID and two accidents, however the second half of the yr was excellent and I educated very onerous in getting back from the accidents. Now I’m extra prepared and in good condition to provide every little thing for the workforce and assist them to realize our objectives,” he informed the membership web site.
“I do know I’ve to problem one of the best left-back on the earth. This provides me the facility to do my work nicely daily, to proceed working onerous and to proceed to be pretty much as good as I can.
“My goal for subsequent season is to remain wholesome, to start with, and after to play extra video games and assist my workforce.”
It should, in fact, be an enormous ask to usurp Robbo fully from the place – however after one other continuous yr and a busy summer season at Euro 2020, Robertson certainly can’t be requested to play one other season exceeding 4,300 minutes this time period. Whereas Tsimikas hardly featured, no participant noticed extra minutes on the pitch than the No26 final season for Liverpool.
Nonetheless, it’s value noting Tsimikas’ level about his return from accidents, and recalling Klopp’s phrases from the again finish of final season.
The supervisor made the purpose that a number of people akin to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita had been match and accessible to be known as upon, however weren’t – just because the way in which the marketing campaign panned out, he felt consistency of choice was one of the best likelihood of turning outcomes round and sealing a top-four end.
That was vindicated in the long run with a powerful run-in and a third-place end, and this summer season and pre-seaon ought to act as a ‘reset’ to that strategy.
Tsimikas, then, together with Ox, Naby, returning mortgage gamers and some youthful people, will all be hoping for an injury-free begin to the marketing campaign to point out they deserve extra common involvement in 21/22, as soccer edges again towards normality.