Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos for £11.75m.

The 24-year-old has been given the number 21 shirt and will provide competition for Andy Robertson, Liverpool’s only recognised senior left-back.

Speaking about the signing, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said: “We have watched Kostas for a long time and are really happy that he has joined us. It’s the perfect news before we come back together very soon.

“He is a very good footballer with an attitude to win and to compete, and I really like his mentality. It fits perfectly with the mood and the desire we have in our dressing room already.”

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Shortly after signing on at Melwood, Tsimikas said: “My brother is a Liverpool fan and he pushed me to come here and sign. [As] a kid, I supported Liverpool. For all my family and for my brother, we are very happy for this.

“I think until now he [his brother] doesn’t believe I’m here. Now when he sees the pictures he will understand I’ve signed here and will be very happy.”

ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

Tsimikas made a total of 45 appearances for Olympiakos last season. He did not score a goal, but he did register seven assists.

Tsimikas has also made three senior appearances for Greece. The aforementioned numbers highlight that Liverpool are signing a player that has a bit of experience in senior football.

Tsimikas is also only 24 years of age. His career is far from over.

Liverpool severely lack depth at left-back, so it will do Andy Robertson no harm to have some competition. It will arguably just keep the Scot on his toes, which is not a bad thing.

Welcome to Liverpool, Kostas Tsimikas!

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