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Tsimikas: Robertson Challenge Won’t Force Liverpool Exit



Tsimikas: Robertson Challenge Won’t Force Liverpool Exit

Liverpool’s depth chart at left-back features two talented defenders in Kostas Tsimikas and Andy Robertson. A recent report from Greek publication Gazzetta sparked speculation over Tsimikas’ future at Anfield, with Andy Robertson seen as the main impediment to more playing time. The Greek international has now offered his thoughts on the situation.

Since his arrival at Liverpool in 2020, Tsimikas has amassed 59 appearances for the Reds, bagging FA Cup and Carabao Cup honours along the way. Yet, only eight of these have been Premier League starts in the current season. The dominating presence of Scottish left-back Andy Robertson has kept Tsimikas largely sidelined, prompting rumours of a potential move.

Tsimikas Responds to the Rumours

Addressing the transfer talk, Tsimikas told Gazzetta, “To tell the truth, I haven’t thought of myself in the colours of another team, especially in England. Liverpool is the team that has raised me in football. From the people who work in the club, to the chefs, you see that everyone is equal, they see you as a person here. From day one they hugged me tight, loved me, showed me the way, everything I want is here.”

Despite his declaration of loyalty to Liverpool, Tsimikas acknowledges the frustration of being a bit-part player. “This is very difficult for me. Many times I come here ready to give everything. I go out on the field, I give everything and in the end I don’t play and that’s not easy…For me this is the most difficult, at times you have to come to terms with some situations that make you feel very disadvantaged.”

Tsimikas remains committed to Liverpool until 2025, and Jurgen Klopp is likely to retain this vital squad member, who provides crucial depth to the team. The competition between Tsimikas and Robertson promises to be one of the intriguing narratives at Anfield in the coming months.


Liverpool could be threatened with FIFA sanctions as pursuit of £52m star edges closer

The midfielder has been a target for several Premier League teams, including the Reds.

Liverpool could be in danger of breaking FIFA rules in their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon’s Manuel Ugarte.

The midfielder has impressed this season with the Portuguese club in the Champions League and Europa League and has topped many a chart for defensive actions that have caught the eye of the big clubs in Europe.

One includes Liverpool, who are reportedly eyeing up the £52m release clause of the 22-year-old Uruguay.

According to Portuguese outlet Correio da Manhã via Sport Witness, Sporting haven’t allowed Ugarte to speak to other clubs at the moment. It means if Liverpool are found guilty to have spoken to the player or his representatives before the transfer window, they could face sanctions by football’s governing bodies.

Clubs are forbidden from agreeing personal terms with a player who hasn’t been given permission by his current side under UEFA and FIFA rules. Clubs found guilty can be fined or even have transfer bans imposed upon them.

In terms of a potential move, things began to heat up recently when Ugarte’s agent, Jorge Chiljane, revealed Liverpool are one of a few clubs involved.

“Liverpool? There is a lot of talk, but it is not the only club, there are others. There is much talk, but I am still not sure about the club. There are many possibilities on the table.

“It’s almost certain that he won’t stay, it’s sure he’ll leave. I believe that in 15 days the situation will be resolved.”

Having played 46 games in all competitions this season, Ugarte has emerged as an integral figure to Rúben Amorim’s side but the club currently sits 4th and are out of every other competition.

A move looks continually likely as his position, defensive midfield, is an area that is currently being targeted by the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, to name a few.

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