One of Liverpool’s main summer arrivals last summer was Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos.
The 24-year-old eventually signed for the Reds for a reported £11.75m fee, penning a five-year contract in the process.
However, it could have been so different, with new reports from The Athletic revealing that current Tottenham Hotspur left-back Sergio Reguilon was on the Reds’ wishlist. Just under a year down the line, Jurgen Klopp must regret not swooping for the Spaniard instead.
Tsimikas has been barely seen in a Liverpool shirt so far having made just six appearances for the club, with just one of those coming in the Premier League.
This has led to a huge over reliance on first-choice left-back Andrew Robertson. Indeed, the Scot has only missed three matches for the Reds throughout the current campaign, his only absences coming in the domestic cup competitions.
Whilst Tsimikas has rarely been afforded opportunities and having not wholly convinced when he has been on the pitch, Reguilon has been fantastic for Tottenham.
Rated at £22.5m, the Spaniard has made 28 appearances for the north Londoners this season, notching five assists. Interestingly, that is the same tally that current Reds defender Robertson has managed to rack up this season.
The Tottenham man’s form has certainly not gone unnoticed either, with pundit and former Premier League defender Micah Richards praising his “brilliant” performances. It therefore goes without saying that Reguilon would likely have provided far better competition at Anfield for Robertson than Tsimikas.
This would have allowed Klopp to rest the former Hull City man more regularly, which would have been hugely beneficial as the Reds continue to battle on two fronts for a top four Premier League finish and in the current edition of the Champions League.
On reflection, the Reds certainly made a blunder in signing Tsimikas over Reguilon.
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