Kostas Tsimikas' individual highlights on his Liverpool debut are impressive


It seems like only yesterday Jordan Henderson was lifting the Premier League trophy aloft and yet Jurgen Klopp’s side played their first pre-season friendly on Saturday as they prepare for the new season.

The Reds faced German side Stuttgart in Austria and ran out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Rhian Brewster.

The match also saw new signing Kostas Tsimikas make his debut.

The Greek left-back signed from Olympiacos for £11.75m and he will be looking to provide competition for Andy Robertson next season.

And if his highlights against Stuttgart are anything to go by, he will do just that.

Tsimikas produced an impressive performance during his 45 minutes on the pitch as he came on at half-time.

As impressive as he was, he wasn’t spared abuse from James Milner who shouted “Oh Kostas, f***ing hell!” as he failed to play the ball down the line for him.

Milner's blasphemy aside, Tsimikas admitted he was “very happy” with his display.

“I feel very good, I’m very happy I did my debut,” Tsimikas told LFCTV post-match.

“Now I want to work more and to play more often in the league games. I want to be ready for everything.

“The friendly games are difficult. First of all we have to be fit, that’s why I tried to run a lot first of all, to show a good image and play hard. And the result is the most important [thing], even in the friendly games and the competitive games.


“It was a good performance, we did what we do all these days in training.

“What the coach wants, we did on the pitch. We won. We’ll keep this and we want to be ready for the [Community Shield] final on the 29.”

Klopp previous explained exactly why the club signed Tsimikas.

"Kostas is a signing which just shows what we are looking for, what we need," he said.

"I think the left-back position was now not a position where the people out there would have thought, 'We need another player' and stuff like this.


"It worked out pretty well, Millie played there from time to time but we cannot take any risk or we should take as less risk as possible.

"Our full-backs in the way we play are so important with the skills they have, the speed they have, the crosses they bring in and stuff like this.

"When I saw Kostas the first time, I thought, 'Is it possible to get somebody like him?' Meanwhile, he's not the most experienced player because he started a little bit later with a proper career. But in the last two or three years, he's really right on track and then has started building his career obviously.

"Then we had a conversation and he was very, very positive about this, knowing that we have already a world-class full-back – but that's exactly what you try to have."

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