Liverpool are prepared to let Kostas Tsimikas leave the club this summer after he struggled to make an impact last season.
What’s the story?
According to well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano (as reported by the Liverpool Echo), the 25-year-old is deemed surplus to requirements on Merseyside and could depart after a single campaign with the English giants.
Tsimikas joined Jurgen Klopp’s charges in an £11.75 million deal from Greek outfit Olympiakos 12 months ago but found opportunities extremely limited thanks to the performances of Andrew Robertson.
Fans will be buzzing
After struggling with multiple injuries in the first half of the campaign, Tsimikas then found himself firmly behind Robertson upon his return to fitness.
Although his handful of cameo appearances may not be enough to judge the full-back’s talent, a large section of the Liverpool supporters will be buzzing to hear Tsimikas’ nightmare spell may already be coming to an end.
Romano stated: “Let’s see what happens with Tsimikas. He can leave the club,” on a recent edition of his Here We Go podcast, and the revelation may lead to a boost in the club’s transfer budget for the current window.
With the ongoing pandemic continuing to limit the spending power of teams at every level, selling some fringe players appears to be the logical solution to supplement the coffers.
It remains to be seen if any side comes in for the unwanted full-back but the departure of the £7.2 million-rated Tsimikas could allow Klopp more room to manoeuvre in the transfer market over the coming months.
With the versatile and experienced James Milner in his ranks, the German tactician may be comfortable not directly replacing the defender, allowing Director of Football Michael Edwards to focus funds on reinforcements in central midfield and up-front instead.