Liverpool are one of four clubs qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League after just four games of group stage play. More than that, they’re the only side guaranteed of a first place finish at this stage.
All of that would be impressive to begin with. It’s even more so given Liverpool drew into the consensus hardest group, this season’s group of death. And that achievement had left back Kostas Tsimikas in a good mood.
“Everybody gave everything,” he told the club’s official website. “It was an unbelievable night for everybody. We are very happy about that. It was very, very important for us—it’s finished now, we secured first position.
“But we are Liverpool and we play every game to win and this is exactly the same for the next games also—we’ll play and we want to win. We showed every game we want to win, only to win. We’ll continue with this.”
The Reds seem certain to target two more wins in their group despite already being qualified. This isn’t a side built to approach games with anything less than full commitment or seeking anything less than three points.
Still, with a busy holiday fixture upcoming there should at least be the chance for some rest and rotation in the next two European matches against FC Porto and AC Milan as the Reds make the league their main priority.
On that front, the Reds’ Premier League campaign continues on Sunday against top four hopefuls West Ham before the November international break—and then 12 games over the next 39 days before 2021 ends.