Liverpool could be set to commit an atrocious transfer error this summer by letting Kostas Tsimikas leave Anfield.
The Greek defender, signed from Olympiakos at the start of the season, has already been linked with a swift departure from Merseyside, with Napoli thought to be interested according to Corriere dello Sport [via Sport Witness].
Despite his limited opportunities and the fact that they already have a potential buyer, it would be a huge mistake for the Reds and Michael Edwards to let the £7.2m-rated left-back go.
First and foremost, Tsimikas was signed to be backup to Andrew Robertson, and that is exactly the role he has fulfilled throughout 2020/21.
The 24-year-old has made just six appearances in all competitions for the Reds but that is simply down to him not being needed to be called upon.
In what has been a dreadful season for Jurgen Klopp’s side, the Scot has remained consistent. He has made 39 appearances in all competitions, only missing out in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup due to rotation as opposed to injury, giving Tsimikas no real opportunity to prove himself.
That does not mean that the former Hull City man won’t suffer a knock or problem at some point, though. If he does, it is important that Liverpool have an able deputy and, with no other senior left-back in the Reds’ squad, the man to step up is surely Tsimikas.
After all, the damaging impact of injures has been clearly displayed at centre-back this season with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all being ruled out long-term and the club having to turn to the likes of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to deputise.
Considering those problems from which Klopp has suffered this season, he would be loath for that to happen once again in a different position, and keeping the Greek around would help to eliminate that prospect.
Ironically, he only needs to look at Robertson for inspiration on how to break into the Liverpool squad, with the Scotsman also initially struggling following his arrival at Anfield in 2017, as opposed to angling for a move away.
Offloading Tsimikas would be a costly error which must be avoided.