Liverpool’s Greek Scouser, Kostas Tsimikas, Is Ready To Make An Impact
By Nick Flores – LA Soccer Press /
During Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Spanish side Osasuna in a pre-season friendly, one of the key events was Liverpool’s first choice left back, Andy Robertson, going down with an ankle injury.
The Scotland international rolled his ankle in a very harsh manner after trying to block an incoming cross which saw him go down immediately.
This gained everyone’s attention at Anfield as Robertson is not usually one to stay down for too long after a knock. Both fans and players were concerned as he had to be escorted off with help from the Liverpool physio team.
Robertson went in for a scan the next day and shared a message to the fans via social media.
“Thanks to everyone for the kind messages and support. Scan result suggests nothing too major but there is some ligament damage which will need to mend,” Robertson said on Instagram. “No point guessing on how long that will be other than to say I’ll be grafting every day so I can help the team again sooner rather than later.”
This message left fans wondering just how long Robertson will be sidelined for and raised concern for Liverpool’s defense as he has been the first choice for three seasons now.
The timeline of Robertson’s injury isn’t 100 percent clear as he may or may not be back before the international break, his cover Konstantinos ‘Kostas’ Tsimikas, now has the chance to prove himself even further to both manager Jurgen Klopp and the fans.
Tsimikas has impressed during pre-season so far having put in some great displays this summer. Over the eight games that Liverpool played this pre-season, Tsimikas recorded the most assists, three, and has put a shift in defensively as well.
This has been exciting to see for Liverpool fans as he hasn’t even given much of a chance in the squad since signing last summer from Olympiacos. Tsimikas only made two appearances in the Premier League, four in the Champions League and one in the EFL cup last season.
This lack of chances came from both injuries sidelining the Greek international and needing time to adapt to both Liverpool’s style of play and the Premier League. Now that he has been given some minutes during pre-season, he has definitely made the most of it.
Tsimikas has looked very sharp on both ends of the pitch and looks to be the perfect player to fill in for Robertson while he’s sidelined. Tsimikas has similar tendencies in going forward and his speed makes it difficult for the opposition to stop him from making darting runs down the touch line.
His speed combined with his crossing ability and movement off the ball makes him a threat in the attacking third as he is always looking to whip in a cross. In addition, Tsimikas has a willingness to get a foot in for a tackle despite his defensive abilities still in question.
Although he may not be as solid defensively as Robertson, having Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip or Ibrahima Konate at his side in the back will be proper cover if he is caught out by the opposition.
Liverpool face Norwich City in their first game of the season which will see Tsimikas make his first Premier League start. This is a very favorable match-up for both Liverpool and Tsimikas as he tries to ease into his new role for the next few weeks.
If Tsimikas is able to translate the way he has been playing in pre-season to the Premier League, we could all be seeing a lot more of the Greek Scouser this season as he looks for a bigger role in the squad.
Flores is a student at Iowa State University. He writes about the Premier League for L.A. Soccer Press. Follow him at @Nick_Florizzo on Twitter.