Greece left-back Tsimikas signs for Liver­pool

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Premier League cham­pi­ons Liver­pool have com­pleted the sign­ing of left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Greek cham­pi­ons Olympia­cos for £11.75 mil­lion.

The 24-year-old Greece in­ter­na­tional has moved to An­field on a five-year con­tract. Tsimikas, who fea­tured in the 2-1 ag­gre­gate de­feat by Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers in the Europa League last week, will pro­vide much-needed com­pe­ti­tion for Andy Robert­son on Mersey­side.

“I’m very happy, I’m very proud to be here. For me, [it is] the big­gest club in the world,” Tsimikas told the club’s web­site.

“The league here, I like a lot. I watch it on the TV and it was al­ways one dream I had from when I was a kid to come to play in this league.

“With a lot of work and fo­cus on what I do and what the coach wants, and ev­ery day work­ing hard in train­ing, I can be on the high­est level. [I want] to achieve [our] goals. To win the league again and also to win the Cham­pi­ons League.”

Tsimikas, capped three times by his coun­try and known to have watched videos of Robert­son in an at­tempt to im­prove his game, be­comes Liver­pool’s first sign­ing of the sum­mer. He made 86 ap­pear­ances for Olympia­cos in all com­pe­ti­tions and has also had loan spells with Dan­ish club Es­b­jerg and Dutch team Willem II.

Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp said: “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.

“He has showed al­ready at a young age he can ex­pe­ri­ence foot­ball in a dif­fer­ent coun­try and do well – and he has been a big part of the suc­cess Olympia­cos has had to win their ti­tle this sea­son and in their Euro­pean cam­paigns.”

Nice and Napoli were close to sign­ing Tsimikas but Liver­pool had es­tab­lished a long-term re­la­tion­ship with his agent, stretch­ing back to Au­gust 2018 when he played in a Europa League qual­i­fier away against Burn­ley, and in Jan­uary this year they iden­ti­fied him as a vi­able left-back op­tion.

Le­ices­ter and Sevilla, among other clubs, tried to join the race when Liver­pool’s in­ter­est be­came pub­lic, but the player had al­ready made a com­mit­ment to Klopp’s team.

Com­mit­ment: Kostas Tsimikas joined Liver­pool on a five-year deal, hav­ing been iden­ti­fied as a vi­able op­tion in Jan­uary

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