LIVERPOOL are deep in the throws of planning for next season. The latest: the signing of defender Kostantinos Tsimikas from Olympiakos, who believes he has joined “the biggest club in the world” after completing a move to the English champions.
The 24-year-old has joined Jurgen Klopp’s side for a reported £11.7M (R267 million) on a five-year contract and is expected to provide competition for Andy Robertson. Speaking on his signing, Tsimikas said: “I’m very happy, I’m very proud to be here.
“It’s an honour to be here and I will give my best. For me, [it’s] the biggest club in the world.” Tsimikas becomes the club’s first signing of the summer, while The Reds are said to have moved for Norwich defender Jamal Lewis, but chose not to meet the Championship club’s valuation of the Northern Ireland left-back.
Klopp added his club was happy to be the destination the Greek chose. “We have watched Kostas for a long time and are really happy that he has joined us. It’s the perfect news before we come back together very soon,” he said. “He is a very good footballer with an attitude to win and to compete, and I really like his mentality. It fits perfectly with the mood and the desire we have in our dressing room already.
“[Tsimikas] knows from personal experience what is required to challenge and succeed domestically and in the Champions League, and he is ambitious for more; just like us,” added Klopp.
Tsimikas, who has three caps for Greece, made his debut for Olympiakos in 2015 and went on to make 86 appearances in all competitions. He played 27 times in the league last season – securing his first major silverware as Olympiakos won the Greek title.