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Clubs have already tried to sign Liverpool's 25-year-old, but Reds don't want to sell him, journalist claims

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Fabrizio Romano has told Anfield Watch that Liverpool are protecting Kostas Tsimikas currently.

Tsimikas joined Liverpool last summer, but his first season at Anfield did not go according to plan.

The Greek defender was only ever brought in as back-up, but he barely featured at all last term.

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Tsimikas is still yet to really get going in a Liverpool shirt, which has led to speculation that he could depart in the coming weeks.

But Romano claims that Liverpool have no interest in selling the full-back as things stand.

“I have to tell you that he had some interest from Spain, Tsimikas, they were talking to him,” he said.

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“They were trying to sign him but Liverpool wanted to protect the player, they say that they trust him, so at the moment there is nothing advanced for him leaving the club.

“Let’s see what happens in the next week, but when in June some clubs ask for him, they have been protecting him and saying they want to give him some time to show his skills at Liverpool.”

Big season needed

If Tsimikas is kept around at Liverpool then he will surely need to prove his worth this season if his stay is going to be a lengthy one.

The 25-year-old is set to compete with Andrew Robertson for a spot in Jurgen Klopp’s side.

While there is no real expectation that Tsimikas will break into Liverpool’s team ahead of the Scot, Klopp surely will want him to offer increased competition for a place next term.

It will, therefore, by imperative that Tsimikas can impress over pre-season to prove he does have the quality to become a first-team player at Anfield.

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