Kostas Tsimikas signs for Liverpool for a reported €13m

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Liverpool have announced their first signing of the summer, Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

After failing to make a first-team signing last summer after winning the Champions League, the Reds have moved to bring Greek left-back Tsimikas to the club.

Tsimikas is expected to provide Andy Robertson with competition in the coming seasons, with James Milner having to do that in the past few campaigns.

The 24-year-old will wear the No. 21 shirt and has signed a long-term contract at Anfield.

After signing his contract, Tsimikas said: “I’m very happy, I’m very proud to be here. For me, [it’s] the biggest club in the world. It’s an honour to be here and I will give my best,” Tsimikas told the club's official 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 and to come through.

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“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.”

Klopp on Tsimikas

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has this to say about his new player.

“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,” the manager 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.

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“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.

“Kostas knows from personal experience what is required to challenge and succeed domestically and in the Champions League, and he is ambitious for more - just like us.

“He has come up against some very tough opponents in the past couple of seasons and done well and we know he relishes the challenge, which is perfect for us.

“For that reason we are delighted to know we’ll have him with us for the years ahead. I’m so pleased.”

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