Kostas Tsimikas is officially a Liverpool player.
The Greek international defender completed his move to Anfield on Monday for a reported fee of £11.7 million (BBC Sport).
He is the Reds’ first acquisition of the summer, and is to provide cover and competition for Andy Robertson.
The 24-year-old was snapped up ahead of other targets such as Jamal Lewis of Norwich City and Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon.
Having been plying his trade for Olympiacos, little is really known about Tsimikas, but Pedro Chirivella has provided Liverpool supporters with some insight.
Chirivella and Tsimikas were actually teammates together at Willem II in 2017/18.
He told the club’s official website: “He’s got similar qualities to Robbo – he likes to get forward but he’s very good defending one-v-ones.
“I know when I was there at Willem II, [people] from Liverpool came to watch Willem II and they were looking at him as well because he was the standout player for the team.
“The first week of training I could see he could get to the top. Very, very talented. He likes to get forward a lot and also he has a special mentality.”
TBR’s View – Another Liverpool bargain?
Liverpool have been excellent in the transfer market in recent times and, by all accounts, Tsimikas sounds like he could be another bargain.
Of course, he isn’t going to play ahead of £50,000-a-week star Robertson (Spotrac) who is one of the best in the world in his position.
But it is great that the club now seem to have a solid backup for the Scot rather than have to rely on James Milner.
At £11.75m, one gets the feeling Tsimikas won’t have too much trouble justifying his price tag.