Liverpool followers had been pretty excited once we signed £12m Kostas Tsimikas in the summertime to bolster our defensive ranks.
He’d seemed nice within the Europa League and seemingly had the attributes to take the appreciable burden off Andy Robertson’s again.
However halfway by way of April, Tsimikas has performed a pitiful 5 minutes of Premier League soccer, and solely a small a part of that absence now could be defined by his harm and contracting of covid-19.
James Pearce of the Athletic has mentioned the scenario in size – and defined how the Greek would have possible performed extra if we’d have had our trusted central defenders and never stand-by choices.
“Incomes the supervisor’s belief clearly stays a piece in progress. Tsimikas isn’t the primary Klopp signing to require a prolonged bedding-in interval and employees level to the accidents, which impacted on how a lot coaching time he’s had. They proceed to work with him on his positional play and demand he’s making progress. He’s a well-liked character along with his team-mates and has struck up a specific friendship with Salah,” he writes…
“Klopp’s reluctance to make use of Tsimikas can also be linked to the membership’s upheaval at centre-back this season. With a lot chopping and altering on the coronary heart of the defence, he hasn’t felt that the time was proper to throw in a left-back who remains to be studying the ropes.”
No matter why it’s been painted, Tsimikas would have performed if Klopp thought he was ok – it’s not rocket science.
It’s the identical purpose Ben Davies hasn’t performed a minute of soccer for Liverpool and would possibly depart earlier than he ever does so…
We really thought Tsimikas seemed alright when deployed in cup competitions, however when the crew is bereft of management as a result of accidents of Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk, you may’t be taking Robbo out as properly.