Kostas Tsimikas could have lower than ten appearances for Liverpool below his belt however followers already see him as considered one of their very own.
In Andy Robertson’s absence, Tsimikas has been the Reds left-back for his or her opening two Premier League matches this season.
He’s made probably the most of those uncommon alternatives with Liverpool getting off to a powerful begin with 5 targets and none conceded in wins over Norwich and Burnley.
Kopites love him a lot that he’s develop into often called the ‘Greek Scouser’ – a nickname that originated at Liverpool’s Kirkby coaching floor.
Tsimikas informed talkSPORT: “There’s a man who I practice with right here, we mentioned it first as a joke as a result of I at all times tried to talk in a scouse accent!
“And one time he mentioned to me after I posted on social media and everybody beloved that. I’m very pleased with that and in addition as a result of folks love me right here and it’s given me the additional energy to provide all the things I’ve in each single recreation.”
We’ll have to attend for Tsimikas to excellent his scouse dialect however he endeared himself to the Kop when he laid on help for Diogo Jota in opposition to Burnley.
He’s been at Anfield for over a yr however that second was arguably the start of Tsimikas’ Liverpool journey having had a troublesome first season.
The 25-year-old caught COVID, whereas additionally getting two accidents. There was additionally a totally new means of enjoying to study too.
On what he’s learnt from Jurgen Klopp, Tsimikas mentioned: “It was studying what he needs tactically.
“When the workforce had huge accidents, of Virgil van Dijk and each central defender, it was very, very onerous to play me.
“This made me extra sturdy and extra energy to coach till my probability got here. I believe this helped me as a result of I really feel prepared and I do know extra what he [Klopp] needs as a result of I’m totally ready and I’m prepared for each problem sooner or later.”
The fact for Tsimikas is that he’ll must be excellent if he’s to proceed beginning at left-back although as he’s in competitors with Robertson for that spot.
Regardless of battling for a spot within the workforce, Tsmikas insists Robertson has solely been useful to him ever since he walked by means of the door at Liverpool.
He added: “Final yr I used to be at all times asking in regards to the gameplay of the workforce. He’s an excellent individual, he’s at all times open to serving to me.
“He’s an excellent man, excellent participant and we can have a very good problem collectively and we are going to see. The issues he’s doing are very, excellent.
“I’m prepared for each problem, to get extra possibilities, to indicate extra issues and to assist my workforce extra.”
Tsimikas additionally lifted the lid on his friendship with Mohamed Salah, who may web his 100th Premier League objective in opposition to former membership Chelsea in talkSPORT’s GameDay conflict on Saturday.
On Salah, Tsimikas mentioned: “We’ve been excellent associates from day one. He tries to assist me with all the things I ask him about, he’s an excellent man.
“We spend numerous time within the coaching floor and have enjoyable. He’s a very trustworthy man and that’s what I like about him.
“He’s a objective machine. He’s phenomenal as a result of to attain simply like him is one thing no person can do.
“He works rather a lot. I at all times see him within the health club or on the pitch. We keep collectively at coaching and even observe free-kicks.”
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