Liverpool considered Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon before turning their attention to Kostas Tsimikas, while the Standard reports that Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly never entered the discussion.
While Jurgen Klopp’s first signing of the summer might not boast Premier League experience like Jamal Lewis or 22 appearances in the iconic white shirt of Los Blancos, his less-than-high-profile reputation has worked in his advantage.
After all, Tsimikas is expected to join the English champions for just shy of £12 million.
That makes him far cheaper than both Reguilon and Lewis.
The latter famously has a £20 million price-tag on his head, with Norwich City refusing to sell any of their much-coveted prospects on the cheap despite an immediate return to the Championship.
Kelly also suffered relegation with Bournemouth and, while Liverpool had been tipped to re-ignite their previous interest, the Standard claims that the versatile youngster was never likely to seal a dream move to Anfield this summer.
It seems that the manner of his £13 million move to Bournemouth in 2019 did not exactly go down well with the decision makers at Anfield, who opted against making contact again.
Tsimikas, then, is the Chosen One. And he will arrive under plenty of scrutiny.
But this Liverpool side make inspired, bargain signings look like second nature and, as you might imagine, they have done plenty of legwork to ensure Tsimikas will be less Alberto Moreno and more Andy Robertson.
An exciting, attack-minded full-back, the Greece international is tailor-made for Jurgen Klopp’s system, producing seven assists as Olympiakos stormed to the domestic title in 2019/20.
The Echo claims that Liverpool have been watching Tsimikas since the 2017/18 season, when he was shining on loan at Willem II in Holland.