Logic of Liverpool contract renewal explained as transfer is one to 'keep an eye on'

Kostas Tsimikas and Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool at the end of the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on April 21, 2024 in London, England.
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Liverpool is guaranteed to see some turnover in its squad this summer. As well as any incomings, which always draw interest, there will be exits too.

We have already seen a pair of senior players say farewell to the Reds. The post-match presentations after the 2-0 win over Wolves last weekend were inevitably most heavily focused on Jürgen Klopp, but we also said goodbye to Thiago Alcântara and Joël Matip.

There could be further departures too, as the club looks to bring in funds to help reshape the squad for the Arne Slot era. While focus will fall on Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk, all of whom are entering the final year of their contracts, lesser members of the squad are likelier to leave — with a question over Kostas Tsimikas.

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Tsimikas appeared to fall somewhat out of favor in Klopp's final season. His playing time is inevitably dictated by Andy Robertson’s availability to some extent, yet Joe Gomez was often selected at left-back in the Scot’s absence this season. Tsimikas played fewer Premier League minutes than in either of the preceding two campaigns, collecting over half of his playing time in cup competitions.

With injury levels subsiding across the Reds’ roster towards the end of 2023/24, the Greek international wasn’t always getting a spot on the bench. He was excluded from the match day squad three times from mid-April onward and started just two of the final 22 matches after returning to fitness following a shoulder problem

Speaking on his YouTube channel, journalist David Lynch has suggested that the 28-year-old could be on the move once the transfer window opens. "Kostas Tsimikas is not one where there’s been any reports, but he’s 28-years-old, he barely featured in the second half of the season," he said. "You had Joe Gomez there who jumped ahead of him in the left-back pecking order.

"I think this is the summer you maybe make the decision that it’s time to move on. Obviously the offer’s got to be right for him, it’s got to be right for Liverpool,” Lynch continued. “He did only sign a fresh contract last summer but I think that was very much about protecting his value.

"No developments on that yet but it’s just one I would say to absolutely keep an eye on. I think Kostas Tsimikas could be a little bit of a story this summer in terms of a potential departure because he will want to play more football,” he concluded. says: Tsimikas has three years remaining on his contract, and is the likeliest leaver of the players who are tied down until at least 2027. He has performed well at times for Liverpool over the years and could certainly play for a decent Premier League team. With Owen Beck making it into the PFA Scotland Team of the Year while on loan this season, the Reds can probably afford for Tsimikas to move on.

Still, renewing his deal last summer looks a smart move. Tsimikas is at an age where Liverpool can still command a reasonable fee, and can conduct any transfer negotiations without the pressure of a contract ticking down.