Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp believes new signing Kostas Tsimikas has the desire and winning mentality needed to fit right in at Melwood and Anfield.
The 24-year-old Greece international officially signed for Liverpool on Monday evening after completing his medical.
Tsimikas has been signed to provide further strength-in-depth in the left-back position. He will provide cover and competition for Andy Robertson in the Liverpool defence.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Klopp revealed that The Reds’ scouting department had been watching Tsimikas in action for some time. He also commented on how the player’s mentality played a huge part in Liverpool deciding to sign him.
“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 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 has already played for teams in Denmark, the Netherlands and, of course, with Olympiacos in his home country, Greece. Klopp seems to be very happy with the defender’s experience on the continent.
“He has showed already at a young age he can experience football in a different country and do well – and he has been a big part of the success Olympiacos has had to win their title this season and in their European campaigns.
“Kostas 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.
“He has come up against some very tough opponents in the past couple of seasons and done well and we know he relishes the challenge, which is perfect for us.
“For that reason, we are delighted to know we’ll have him with us for the years ahead. I’m so pleased.”
Having signed already, Tsimikas will be able to benefit from a full pre-season schedule at Melwood with Klopp and the first-team squad.
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