Liverpool have confirmed that Kostas Tsimikas is sidelined for the Reds’ League Cup encounter with Arsenal at Anfield.
The Liverpool newcomer made his competitive debut in the third round of the League Cup, playing the full 90 minutes in the 7-2 win at Lincoln.
However, he wasn’t in the matchday squad against the Gunners on Monday night and was also a notable absentee in training this week.
Pep Lijnders, who covered the pre-match presser, confirmed that Tsimikas will not be available for selection due to a thigh problem which he hasn’t yet overcome.
“We thought it would settle, it didn’t, so he will need more time,” Klopp’s assistant told the Liverpool media team. “He will not be involved on Thursday and also not on Sunday.”
With Andrew Robertson not expected to play in a much-changed Liverpool line-up, some Reds fans reckon James Milner will be named at left-back.
Although Milner hasn’t done badly there, it’s still not ideal, particularly against an Arsenal side boasting a strong attack, and some Liverpool fans weren’t too happy:
Milner at LB nOOOO😭
— 🅰️ (@Aran0123) September 30, 2020
No disrespect to Milly but 😭😭😭
— Emelda🌬 (@Emelda_LFC) September 30, 2020
Tsimi??? Milner LB then.
— Jack (@HendoShuffle14) September 30, 2020
Milner at LB? Ah mate!!
— Superficial (@superficia_l) September 30, 2020
Milner LB,which means our midfield will be Grujic-Keita-Jones.I doubt Jurgen would ever start Gini and Fabinho in a cup game
— JAMES F (@james_jamesf) September 30, 2020
Can’t wait for Pepe vs Milner
— Jenson (@rdgjenson) September 30, 2020
Tsimikas out so I guess it’s Milner at LB.
Hopefully Billy and Joe at CB.
Adrian in goal and Neco at RB
Probably the same midfield of Grujic Jones Shaqiri
Front 3 hopefully Jota Origi Taki
— 🇿🇦Fardiel_LFC🇿🇦🏆 19 times (@FardielFma) September 30, 2020