Liverpool are close to adding depth at left-back after nearing a deal to sign Olympiacos left-back Kostas Tsimikas.
The Premier League champions moved forward with their plans to sign Tsimikas after Norwich City refused to budge on their valuation of Jamal Lewis, according to The Independent’s Melissa Reddy.
Reddy continued by claiming Liverpool are close to signing Tsimikas for €13 million (£11.75m).
The Greek international is expected to fly into Merseyside for a medical early next week.
Reddy’s report claims that Jurgen Klopp was “enthused” to work with Norwich’s Lewis, who made 28 appearances in the Premier League this season.
But the two club’s were too far apart in negotiations. Norwich rejected the Reds’ opening £10m bid for Lewis and when they demanded at least double that fee, Liverpool decided to pursue Tsimikas.
The 24-year-old was one of four candidates Liverpool were considering to improve their left-back options, according to the Independent.
It’s a shame for Lewis, who The Athletic’s James Pearce claims was “desperate” to play for Liverpool.
So, what are Liverpool getting for their money?
Tsimikas made his Olympiacos debut in 2015 and spent part of the 2016/17 season on loan at Danish club Esbjerg.
He spent the 2017/18 on loan at Dutch outfit Willem II, where he appeared in 37 games in all competitions.
Among the highlights was this bicycle kick in a win over FC Utrecht.
A more complete video of Tsimikas’ highlights, available in a YouTube video titled ‘Kostas Tsimikas - Welcome to Liverpool’, gives fans an idea of what to expect from the left-back.
His pace and dribbling skills immediately stand out.
Tsimikas likes to get forward and that will suit Klopp’s style.
It looks like he might provide serious competition to Andy Robertson.
A thread about Tsimikas recently emerged on Twitter, giving Liverpool fans more details about him.
“The full-back is also known for being extremely quick down the left-flank, allowing for overlapping runs from his left-sided forward, much like the relationship between Robertson and Sadio Mane,” the thread, written by @TheVirgilEffect, reads.
“Much like Liverpool’s two famous full-backs, and everyone else in Klopp’s team, Tsimikas has a phenomenal work rate.
“He is prone to bombing up and down the pitch for the entirety of games, and rarely halting his pressing of the ball.”
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