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.”
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 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!