Konstantinos Tsimikas more commonly referred to as Kostas Tsimikas was purchased by Liverpool FC from Olympiakos for a fee of £11.75m in the summer of 2020.
From the outset it was clear what his role was to be. To provide quality depth to the left-back role that is heavily occupied by Andrew Robertson.
Last season felt like a complete no-show from the Greek international and I know may be unfashionable to say, but this season he will and already has felt like a brand new shiny signing.
A Quick 2020/21 round up
Once again, there is not much to say about Tsimikas in 2020/21. The first half of his season was marred by thigh and knee injuries which kept him side-lined for 13 of our first 19 league games.
In total, Tsimikas played seven games in all competitions last season, whilst only completing a total of five minutes across the two league fixtures he featured in.
It is true that he arrived as Robertson’s understudy but much more was expected of the now self-proclaimed ‘Greek Scouser’.
It could be argued that Robertson could not really be rested with the defensive issues that Liverpool suffered.
However, despite the Scotsman’s superhuman physique and relentlessly high-quality performances, he will need to rest and rotate much more this season in order to maintain the exceptional levels that he has set over the last few years.
The 2021/22 Expectation
With the season now two weeks old, we can use this period as a sample for what to expect from Tsimikas for the rest of the year.
After suffering an unfortunate ankle injury in Liverpool’s penultimate pre-season friendly against Athletic Bilbao, Robertson was to miss the start of the Premier League season. Step up, Kostas Tsimikas.
Arguably, the Greek man had been Liverpool’s most impressive pre-season performer and after an exciting display against Bilbao following Robbo’s injury, the fans were excited to see more.
Doing what he came in to do, Tsimikas has provided more than just reliable cover for Robertson. Yes, he may have shown brief lapses of concentration but there is something truly exciting about the raw nature of Tsimikas.
In the mould of Robertson, Tsimikas delivered an all-action display in the recent 2-0 win over Burnley. With an assist, strong tackles and a memorable moment of desire and skill to rally the crowd.
It seems that he is quickly winning over the Anfield faithful and building his own icon as the Greek Scouser. Rightly so, Tsimikas received an incredible standing ovation from the home crowd as he was subbed off.
The best compliment I can give Tsimikas is that not only does it feel like we haven’t missed the best left-back in the world, in Robertson.
But also, at times Tsimikas possesses his own extraordinary skillset that can bamboozle any opposing fullback or winger in retreat.
Despite his pulsating early season performances, my expectation of Tsimikas will not alter. Andy Robertson is the best player in the world at left-back and so as he returns from injury, barring an astonishing drop in form, he will undoubtedly get the nod ahead of Tsimikas for the large majority of fixtures this season.
What Tsimikas’ quality does do however, is allow for Robertson to have larger periods of rest, in the comforting knowledge that his backup is more than capable of stepping up to the mark and delivering for Liverpool FC.
I can see Tsimikas featuring in all domestic cup action and a good handful of league fixtures as the fixture list inevitably intensifies.
What is most pleasing as a Liverpool fan is that for the first time in a very long time, the left-back position is not a position of worry. Since the departure of John Arne Riise in 2008, no player was truly able to establish themselves properly as Liverpool’s starting left-back.
Now following the incredible signing of Robertson, coupled with Tsimkas’ arrival the Redmen are truly blessed to have two players of pure quality in that position.
So, is this the season where a new icon of the Kop is born? It certainly appears to be that Kostas Tsimikas has all the attributes to go down as a player to be remembered in Anfield folklore for many a year to come. I don't know about you, but I'm excited.