Konstantinos Tsimikas is a name that many Liverpool fans wouldn't have known 12 months ago but is now on the forefront of their minds. He is officially the newest addition to the Anfield side. LFC Transfer Room writer Aiden Mason (@Aidanmason1) takes a look at the transfer, and talks to the guys at Hellas Football (@HellasFooty) regarding the greek player, to see what can expect from the left-back under the hands of Jurgen Klopp.
Tsimikas is a marauding wing back with pace to burn and at 24 years old he's approaching the peak of his career. He also boasts European experience having played in the Champions League and Europa League this season. How has he fared in Europe so far?
On Thursday Olympiacos took on Wolves and he faced up against Adama Traore. He played well, producing 81% passing accuracy, three accurate crosses, one key pass and making six tackles. Adama's output was limited to one successful cross and could only complete one successful dribble before he was substituted in the 57th minute.
He also played in both legs as the Greek outfit knocked Arsenal out of Europe, playing especially well in the second leg playing 114 minutes, making six tackles and completed both of his attempted dribbles.
In the Champions League group stages he featured in a 5 goal thriller against Bayern Munich in which he provided an assist and won 100% of all duels, aerial and ground.
A tweet from Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol claimed that Tsimikas has been on Liverpool's radar for three years meaning he's not just a hasty backup to Jamal Lewis, who originally appeared to be Klopp's first choice. A follow up tweet says that we first noticed him when he was on loan at Willem II at the same time as Pedro Chirivella.
This was a season in which Tsimikas played 33 games, scored three goals, made three assists and created seven big chances. A decent return in a team that finished 13th, scoring 50 goals.
In 6 Champions league group stage matches this season Tsimikas made 2.2 accurate crosses per 90 minutes (P90), 2.5 accurate long passes p90 and 2.3 successful dribbles P90, a fitting rotation option for Robertson.
Another positive of this deal is the financial aspect, with Tsimikas reported to be on 40k a week and the reported transfer fee standing at £11.75M this could be another bargain from Michael Edwards.
Talking Tsimikas w/ Hellas Football
Q: What can you tell us about Kostas Tsimikas and how he compares with Andrew Robertson?
"There are similarities with Tsimikas and Robertson. Tsimikas defensive abilities are as good as his offensive abilities, as shown last season with Olympiakos he recorded 6 assists and was a key player for their 45th league title. Pacey player, good ball control, solid performer and he showed that in the UCL and UEL."
"One note to take is Tsimikas concentrates on football. Worked very hard to cement his spot under Pedro Martins and excelled fantastically. Not yet reached his peak, but under Klopp we can guarantee he will develop with the quality that will surround Tsimikas. When Klopp gives him the chance, he just needs to prove him right."
Q: What can you tell us about his weaknesses?
"Probably his ball passing at times but we are sure he can improve on that. Tsimikas barely put a foot wrong last season so it was extremely hard to point out his weaknesses. More on strengths, he likes wide runs down the flank and whip in crosses."
Q: Any thoughts on Tsimikas playing in midfield or as a winger?
"He has never played as a central midfielder but he has played further up as a left winger for a couple of games so far in his career. Once at Ebsjerg, once at Willem II and once for Olympiakos. So versatility wise, mainly LB but could be an option at LM if there are injuries.
Tsimikas first comments as a Liverpool player:
"The league here, I like a lot. I watch it on the TV and it was always one dream I had from when I was a kid to come to play in this league and to come through..
"With a lot of work and focus on what I do and what the coach wants, and every day working hard in training, I can be on the highest level..
..[I want] to achieve [our] goals. To win the league again and also to win the Champions League."