Andy Robertson was withdrawn just before half-time due to injury in Liverpool’s penultimate pre-season match ahead of the new Premier League season
Robertson sustained the injury just before half-time whilst sliding in to block a cross during the Reds’ penultimate pre-season match against Athletic Club.
Everybody in the stadium immediately felt the magnitude of the injury and Robertson’s teammates crowded around the left-back as he writhed on the floor in pain.
Still, Liverpool fans will find solace in the excellent performance of his understudy Kostas Tsimikas, who has impressed his manager with his dedication in pre-season.
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In an interview for the club’s website following a 1-0 pre-season victory over Bologna, Tsimikas revealed that he was pleased with the collective display and his own performance.
“I’m very happy with the team’s performance,” he said.
“Always these kind of games give me more power to continue running and to improve. And I’m very happy to help my team win 1-0 even in a friendly game.
“I always give my best to be close to the team. And whenever my coach gives me the opportunity to play, I’m always ready for that. Any opportunity, I’m ready.”
Tsimikas struggled to break into the Liverpool first team last campaign with only two substitute appearances in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old was also sidelined with several injuries and struggled to dislodge Robertson, who was one of Liverpool’s shining lights in an inconsistent season.
But the £11.75million signing from Olympiakos has certainly impressed his manager in pre-season, with Klopp raving about the Greece international after Liverpool’s victory against Bologna.
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“Kostas was really, really good today, I have to say. That’s true,” the German told the club’s official website.
Tsimikas will be fortunate to return to a stable backline in the coming season, as one of their key performers, Virgil Van Dijk, is moving closer to full fitness.
Liverpool are undoubtedly one of the contenders to challenge for the Premier League title next season and will hope that they can replicate their magical 2019/20 campaign by avoiding the significant injuries that derailed their title defence.
On the readiness of the group ahead of the opening game at Carrow Road, Tsimikas added: “I think, I’m sure all the players give everything every day in training. Every player is ready for this.
“We’re ready for the first game of the season to do what we trained all these weeks here in the training camp. I think the team will be ready for this challenge.”
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