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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp must unleash Kostas Tsimikas vs Man City

Liverpool are back in action tomorrow with an FA Cup semi-final showdown against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium.

The Reds played the Manchester club in the Premier League last weekend before securing their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League in midweek thanks to a 3-3 draw against Benfica.

Having come from behind on two occasions to secure a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s side will be aiming to beat City and cement their place in the final this time around.

On the chalkboard

One player that didn’t feature against City last weekend that we feel should be in the team this time around is Kostas Tsimikas.

Having played through the entire 90 minutes in midweek, the left-back delivered a performance that will have given Klopp a big quandary over who he should pick for that position on Saturday.

As well as providing two assists, the Greek international racked up four key passes in total with four crosses, three long balls and completed two dribbles.

This shows just how capable and dangerous he can be on the ball for his side.

From a defensive point of view, the 25-year-old made two tackles, won 10 duels and didn’t get dribbled past on even one occasion.

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This display ultimately earned Tsimikas an overall match rating of 8.2/10, making him the second-highest rated Liverpool player on the day according to SofaScore.

The Liverpool Echo said that the full-back was “enthusiastic and decisive both in defending and going forward.”

The £9m-rated defender’s performance also caught the attention of Liverpool journalist Leanne Prescott who described him as “energetic, relentless and makes the difference going forward.”

Taking all of this into account, Tsimikas certainly has what it takes to cause City some problems on the pitch with his ability on and off the ball.

Who should start at left-back against Man City?

Andy Robertson

Andy Robertson

Kostas Tsimikas

Kostas Tsimikas

Also, with Andy Robertson failing to make even one tackle or interception in the 2-2 game against Pep Guardiola’s side last weekend as well as winning just one of the six duels he was involved in, this could sway Klopp into giving the Greek full-back a chance to shine once again.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s clash, the Liverpool boss could have a big decision to make over who he picks to start in the left-back position.

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