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BBC pundit says Kostas Tsimikas had a great game in Liverpool win
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BBC pundit says Kostas Tsimikas had a great game in Liverpool win

Dion Dublin was left seriously impressed by the goalline clearance made by Kostas Tsimikas for Liverpool in their Champions League win over Rangers, telling BBC Sport that the left-back had a great game.

Tsimikas has stepped into the side with Andy Robertson sidelined. And he has, once again, shown why he is such a valuable asset to the Reds’ squad.

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It proved to be a positive night for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mo Salah ensured that they picked up the three points. And the margin of victory would have been much greater were it not for Allan McGregor’s brilliance in goal for Rangers.

Tsimikas had a great game

Tsimikas made most of his contribution going forward. Only Diogo Jota made a greater number of key passes. And the 26-year-old also attempted four dribbles, according to Whoscored.

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But he also helped ensure that Liverpool avoided a nervy end to the game. Rabbi Matondo managed to squeeze the ball across the goalline on 85 minutes.

Initially, it appeared that the ball was heading in. However, Tsimikas somehow managed to hook it away from danger. And even though replays showed that the ball may not have been going in, the Greece international had to do something with Fashion Sakala right behind him, ready to tap the ball home.

Certainly, Dublin felt that Tsimikas deserved that moment to shine.

“Brilliant clearance from Tsimikas, he’s had a great game. Alisson then makes a good save but there’s flashes of what Rangers are capable of,” he told BBC Sport.

Tsimikas has been such an underrated signing for Liverpool. Of course, their first-choice full-backs of Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have been on another level to almost anything else in world football in recent years.

But it says a lot about Tsimikas’ quality that Liverpool do not tend to lose an awful lot when he comes into the side.

And ultimately, he was there to come to the Reds’ rescue late on on Tuesday.

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