Kostas Tsimikas hasn’t gotten off to the best start at Liverpool. Injuries, COVID, and another injury has really slowed his progress.
It doesn’t help that he’s second choice, behind one of the best leftbacks in the world. While Andy Robertson also had to wait before getting his run in the side, displacing the mistake-prone Alberto Moreno was quite a bit easier than the challenge that Tsimikas faces.
Regardless, Tsimikas is back from the physio’s table, and has made the last three matchday squads. And he hopes he can earn a spot in the XI sooner rather than later.
“I’m 100 percent ready to get back, I await my chance,” the former Olympiacos player told the club’s official website. “From the first moment I love this team. I’m here, 100 per cent fit for every game [coming up] and ready to give my best.
“I work very hard every day to be ready for this day. It was frustrating for me because I was never injured before but now I’m back, I’m strong and ready for this and await it.
“Every beginning is difficult. The boys and the manager helped me a lot to be directly in the team. It helped me a lot. I try also in training to understand what the manager says to me and to be ready as fast as I can.”
Meanwhile, Tsimikas is trying to learn as much as he can as Robbo’s understudy.
“I’m always watching him. He played a lot of years here in England, is one of the best left-backs in the world. Always I learn from him every day, every single training session or in the game. He’s a very good guy as well.
“He’s here to make me better and I’m here to make him a better player.”
Unfortunately for Tsimikas (and thankfully for Liverpool) Robbo has been one of the most consistent performers in this up and down, injury-riddled campaign. That said, I’m sure Robbo will need a rest at some point. Either that or Tsimikas can try adding about half-a-foot of height and try his luck at center half.