Liverpool are reportedly ‘progressing’ in talks to extend the contract of Kostas Tsimikas, and negotiations are moving ‘swiftly’ to ensure it gets over the line.
While not a major asset, Tsimikas is a useful player for Jurgen Klopp. The manager has the luxury of one of the Premier League’s best left-backs in Andrew Robertson, and a very good deputy behind him in Tsimikas.
The Greek international has played that role well in his first few years at Anfield. Last season, he made 20 league appearances – nine of which from the start – and assisted four times.
Over the course of his entire Liverpool career so far, Tsimikas has played 62 times and assisted 12 goals. His current deal runs out in 2025, but the Reds are in talks to extend that.
That’s according to James Pearce, who reports Klopp is ‘keen to retain his services’ and with the defender ‘happy and settled, negotiations over a new contract have swiftly progressed’.
In fact, it’s said has ‘agreed’ to the extension of his current deal, though it’s not been confirmed by the club just yet.
There’s no suggestion of if Tsimikas will be offered higher wages, but the report does state that the new deal – which will see him stay at Anfield for an additional two years, so until 2027 at least – is ‘reward for the impact he has made’ since joining three years ago, which would suggest he probably will.
The defender has only made one appearance so far this season, which came from the bench against Bournemouth. However, his ability on both sides of the ball serves Liverpool well when he is required.
With the player clearly happy with his role, despite not playing all the time, and the club happy to have him, things seem to be running smoothly.
That he is two years younger than Robertson means at some point, he could be the no.1 option at left-back, but it might be a few years before that happens.
In any case, everybody is pleased with his impact at the moment, and he’ll surely get a lot more chances to impress Klopp in the coming seasons after penning his new deal.
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