Liverpool defender Kostas Tsimikas has returned to first-team training following his recovery from Covid-19.
The club have released a series of images from training this week and Tsimikas has been pictured back amongst the group.
Tsimikas was ruled out of Liverpool’s opening Premier League match against Leeds United after testing positive for Covid-19, but is now back in contention heading into the clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
Shaqiri and Tsimikas at Melwood 💪🔴 pic.twitter.com/dlXZAysxtD
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) September 16, 2020
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Andy Robertson is the established first-choice left-back for Liverpool, with Tsimikas currently at the club as cover for the Scottish international. Robertson has started 71 of Liverpool’s last 77 Premier League matches, showing how much Klopp relies on him in the left-back position.
However, Tsimikas being available for selection could be a boost in terms of squad depth. Having him on the bench could end up being very useful if Robertson ends up coming off injured or being ruled out before the game – allowing Klopp to bring in a natural left-back rather than having to play James Milner out of position.
If that situation were to arise, it would be interesting to see how Tsimikas would cope on his debut in English football. The Greek international has the unenviable task of displacing Robertson, whose numbers – as stated above – have been very consistent in the last couple of seasons. He could need to put in some very impressive performances, when given a chance, to start regularly in the Premier League over Klopp’s current first-choice left-back due to Robertson’s displays.