Kostas Tsimikas and Klopp deliver verdict as new signing makes Liverpool debut

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp delivered a positive verdict on Kostas Tsimikas’ debut – but insists there is plenty more to come.

The left-back was snapped up from Olympiakos last month in a £11.75million deal and has been finding his feet in Austria on their pre-season tour.

Tsimikas came off the bench at half-time and made his debut in their pre-season opener against Stuttgart.

He enjoyed a promising display and showed his attacking mindset as Klopp declared he “some nice glimpses of his talent”.

But he admits the 24-year-old will need some time to find his feet in Liverpool ’s well-drilled and regimented defensive system.

Asked about Tsikimas’ debut, Klopp told LFC TV: “Good, good. He’s a pretty quick player, obviously, and pretty confident as you’ll hear in a second in his interview.

“But he’s a really good player, and he did well. Of course, the next challenge for him is to get used to all our defending things. It will take time, no doubt.

“But when he has the ball it looks not so bad.”

Tsimkas himself, meanwhile, was pleased to get his debut out of the way and is now keen to push Andy Robertson for his starting role.

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He told LFC TV: “I feel very good. I’m very happy I did my debut, now I have to work to play more in the league games and I want to be ready for everything.

“It was a good performance. We did what we do all these days in training, what the coach wants, we did in the pitch. We won and now we want to be ready for the final (Community Shield vs Arsenal ) on the 29th.

Asked how he has found his first few days at Liverpool, he added: “Really hard, the sessions, but I have to try a lot to work hard and to be ready.

“Every player here made me welcome. A big thanks, they helped me a lot to do my best on the pitch, to give everything, and all together we hope for the best.
“All these friendly games are difficult. The first part is we have to be fit, that’s why, first of all, I try to run a lot and play hard.

“The result is most important, even in friendly games ahead of the competitive games. I want to start the new season. I’m looking forward to it and I hope we will achieve our goals.”

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