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‘He improved’… Jurgen Klopp says 27-year-old Liverpool star has been playing much better recently



‘He improved’… Jurgen Klopp says 27-year-old Liverpool star has been playing much better recently

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given his take on the recent form of Kostas Tsimikas.

Tsimikas has been drafted in of late following a serious injury to regular left-back Andy Robertson. As Robertson continues his recovery, the 27-year-old is expected to deputise for a little while longer.

But despite finally getting a good run in the team, the understudy has had a tricky time of it. A string of poor performances led to suggestions that Tsimikas’ time as a Liverpool player could be coming to a close.

Since then though, Kostas has bounced back. Two assists against Brentford were followed by a solid performance during Saturday’s trip to face Manchester City. And asked about Tsimikas’ recent displays in his pre-LASK press conference today, Klopp attempted to explain the Greek’s initially erratic form.

“Kosti needed rhythm as well,” said the manager. “It’s not that he was now flying since he came into the team but he knows that himself. It’s very important for a player who was waiting that long for a run of games. [But] just because you have the run of games now, it will work out? No, it’s not like this. But he improved, the last two games were really good.

“Brentford, you could see how big the change was after he set up the goal. He was then involved in Diogo’s goal as well, was much more stable. We all know if he’s stable he can produce some beautiful things. Especially crosses, set-pieces, these kinds of things and we need that. So, yeah, really, really happy.”

Klopp gives Tsimikas backing

It isn’t a stretch to say that Tsimikas looked done and dusted as a Liverpool player a month or so ago.

Having been asked to step up in Robertson’s absence, the Greece international looked simply too far away from where the Reds needed him to be.

With youngsters Luke Chambers and Calum Scanlon waiting in the wings, Tsimikas appeared on borrowed time. Robbo’s return couldn’t come soon enough.

But since the Brentford game, Kostas has turned a corner. He now looks much more like the player who almost replaced Robertson as a starter two seasons ago.

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Of course, it’s only been two performances amid a glut of really poor ones. Caution should still be exercised and Liverpool do still miss Robertson, no doubt.

However, Tsimikas has shown over the past two – very difficult – games that he can be relied upon in the Scotland captain’s absence.

With it looking like being 2024 before Robertson plays again, there’s plenty of time for Kostas to underline that notion.

Having signed a new contract earlier this season, Tsimikas is seemingly happy with his role in Klopp’s squad. Continue to deliver as he has over the past two games, and no one will argue with his prospects of keeping it.


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