Kostas Tsimikas, starting in place of the injured Andy Robertson, exceeded expectations against a strong Manchester City side on Saturday, and spoke to the press post-match on topics ranging from his verdict on Tent Alexander-Arnold to where he feels the team are at this point in the season.
Speaking first of Alexander-Arnold’s finish for Liverpool’s goal, the Greek international stressed the vice captain’s confidence — and its source:
Of course he is confident, we are Scousers you know! I can’t imagine how calm he was because if that was me, I couldn’t stay calm!
The player he is, you can’t describe it. Everybody in the football world knows. It was a very good goal, very important and I am very happy for him and for the team.
Tsimikas was equally impressed by the team’s mentality in coming back to earn a draw at the Etihad, but stopped short of any big claims on the season:
Yes, it is a very difficult place to come against one of the best teams in the world.
[The Etihad is] a very tough place to come and play football, but at the end the only thing that matters in football is the three points. At the end we get one, we will deal with it and we will go with the same hunger, because I think it’s too early to talk about a title race.
We will go with it and we will fight harder.
I believe we have a very good team. All the players that came in [during the summer] make us even stronger, so very talented players.
I think we have everything to fight for everything, so we will go for it. I’ve said many, many times: We set our goals at the start of the season; we want to win everything, the Premier League games, cup games and the Europa League.
So I think the future can be bright for us and we have to give everything and to fight in every moment.
Is right the Greek Scouser.