Last season, Liverpool’s centre-back department was absolutely devastated by injuries after Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip were affected.
Thankfully, Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams and Ozan Kabak held the fort until the trio returned, and Ibrahima Konate has since been signed as well.
However, Jürgen Klopp may have had another centre-back option right under his nose as Phillips, Williams and Kabak shared the workload.
Kostas Tsimikas – another option for Liverpool?
Interestingly, Kostas Tsimikas was selected to play at centre-back for Greece last night, as they unfortunately suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sweden.
The £11.75m man – predominately a left-back – performed well despite the loss, after being chosen for the unorthodox role by John van’t Schip.
As WhoScored shows, Tsimikas recorded two tackles, and also made two interceptions, while managing to avoid picking up a yellow card as well.
The 25-year-old also finished the 90 minutes with an 87% pass success rate, while also completing two long-range passes in true Van Dijk style.
After hearing the news, one fan said it was ‘strange’ that Tsimikas was never used at centre-back last season, amid the injury crisis.
Strange we never tried him at cb last season we had all sort of problems in that area https://t.co/typbtBPfBb— Oscar D'Rose (@Oscar_YNWA) October 12, 2021
Should Jürgen Klopp use him there?
Simply put, no – Klopp should not play Tsimikas there.
Liverpool already have Van Dijk, Gomez, Konate, Matip and Phillips to choose from, so there’s no need to use the Greek full-back there.
However, it will be nice for Klopp to know that Tsimikas is capable of playing in the centre of defence.
It allows the German to tinker his side during games.
For example, if Tsimikas was playing opposite Trent Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool were in need of a goal, Klopp could theoretically ask him to slot into a back three, allowing the England international to get further forward.
Tsimikas may have found another string to add to his bow.