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Will Kostas Tsimikas push Andy Robertson for the left-back place this season?

Jurgen Klopp has had positive things to say about the Greek international who has arguably been the most impressive player in pre-season, so surely this season he will get more game time.

Kostas Tsimikas was the first signing for Liverpool after the Premier League title win.

It was a logical signing that all fans were pleased with as it would help Andy Robertson's workload as in the title winning season Liverpool did not have a senior back-up left-back.

Tsimikas signing for Liverpool

Tsimikas signing for Liverpool

Fast forward a year on and unfortunately he barely featured for Liverpool in any competitions.

Seven appearances which only accumulated 225 minutes and it was through no fault of his own.

The defensive injury crisis that Liverpool had meant Robertson was trusted with the several makeshift centre half pairings throughout the campaign and then also Tsimikas did have injury issues of his own.

Kostas Tsimikas Naby Keita

Also with pre-season being ruined by Covid-19 he did not have a full settling in period.

It is very different this year though.

Tsimikas has had a full pre-season under his belt this time round and has impressed every time he has played with his attacking positioning, link-up play and his crossing.

He looks a real attacking threat which is what you have to be when you are a full-back under Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool's manager has been as impressed as supporters watching on as he said: "Kostas was really, really good [against Bologna], I have to say. That's true. It was just 45 minutes, that's fine."

So it begs the question, will Tsimikas be used enough to challenge Robertson for the left-back role.

Due to how ridiculously good Robertson has been since he has signed it would be easy enough to just think no, Tsimikas will not.

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However Robertson was if anything overworked last season as he played every Premier League game and then also had the European Championships with Scotland.

So realistically Tsimikas should get a lot more appearances than just seven this season, which means he will have a chance to impress and give Jurgen Klopp a selection headache.

It is needed in top teams; players pushing each other to be better.

Kostas Tsimikas

Tsimikas has shown his willingness to be a player that Klopp can call upon this season.

The two-time Greek title winner said: "I always try to improve my game and to give my best to help the team to win, to score goals.

"Always these kind of games give me more power to continue running and to improve and I’m very happy to help my team win 1-0 even in a friendly game.

"I always give my best to be close to the team and whenever my coach gives me the opportunity to play, I’m always ready for that. Any opportunity, I’m ready."

With Robertson having to join the pre-season camp late due to his involvements with Scotland, Tsimikas does have a real chance of starting the opening game of the season against Norwich City.

If Klopp does start him, it will give us all a real indication of how much he does intend to use him this season which will be exciting as we get to watch him develop on the pitch and show his raw talent that he has shown already in the Champions League.

Kostas Tsimikas

If he does not start then there would be no need to think that Tsimikas won't get a look in.

Due to the sheer amount of games Liverpool will have, he will be involved much more especially with a proper pre-season under his belt.

He will be looking to grasp every opportunity as a battle with Robertson will certainly not be easy and it may just push the Scotsman to another level.