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Forgotten Liverpool man is making a pre-season case for big Premier League role

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Kostas Tsimikas joined Liverpool last summer for a reasonable transfer fee of around £13m, and he was said to provide the necessary competition and rotation for Andy Robertson at left-back.

Already, he has 30 pre-season minutes under his belt against Stuttgart.

A full Premier League season has since passed, with Robertson playing 3,383 minutes of the campaign from a possible 3,420; no Reds player spent more time on the field than the Scotsman, with Mohamed Salah ranked second on 3,087 minutes.

It doesn't bode well for Tsimikas — who has amassed a grand total of seven league minutes since his move — but despite his lack of impact so far, there is enough reason to suggest that his time at the club moving forward could be very different.

Tsimikas is likely to appear a lot more often this season providing that Klopp's defence returns back to normal, with the 25-year-old registering an assist in Liverpool's pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening.

Jürgen Klopp's centre-back crisis in particular seemed to restrict his involvement last season, with Liverpool constantly required to make changes given the injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joël Matip, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Ozan Kabak and more.

It will be incredibly difficult for the Greek international to displace Robertson from his starting role, but rotating Tsimikas with the Scot should allow the Reds to perform in the same manner without suffering from different personnel.
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