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Five key passes, two tackles: £11.75m player delivered big right when Liverpool needed him

Kostas Tsimikas piled pressure on Andy Robertson with a fine performance for Liverpool vs Ajax on Tuesday night. The left-back did everything right.


Liverpool ended up with a very positive night as they beat Ajax in the Champions League at Anfield. This was a game the Reds pretty much had to win, after all.


The 4-1 defeat to Napoli was a terrible one and it also put their Champions League hopes in jeopardy. Not only that, but a defeat here would have sent Liverpool into a two-week break under a crisis.


Fortunately, a late header from Joel Matip sealed the points and things look a lot brighter than they did after Napoli. It wasn’t perfect, of course, but this was positive. We even got some really solid individual performances.


Kostas Tsimikas stands out as one of those. The Greek left-back stepped into the XI after Andy Robertson’s injury – never an easy task in a team that’s underperforming.


But Liverpool got a great display from their £11.75m signing. Tsimikas led the match in key passes, setting up five chances for his teammates. Only Trent Alexander-Arnold came close to matching that (4) as no one else managed more than two. Ajax as a team, in fact, only managed two.

One of those passes setup Matip’s winner, of course. Tsimikas certainly showed Liverpool what they’ve got in their squad.

Kostas Tsimikas vs Ajax

Tsimikas also won both of his defensive duels here, as well as intercepting one pass. He was defensively solid and at one point made a vital last-man recovery to keep Ajax out. Liverpool couldn’t ask for more.UEFA Conference League group A"Liverpool FC v Ajax Amsterdam"


And at the end of the day, this is exactly what you want from your squad players. The best XI isn’t performing correctly and Tsimikas is putting serious pressure on Robertson as a result.


In fact, Robertson hasn’t created more than three chances in any game this season. The Greek left-back is right in the mix for a first-team place, then – the Scot must up his game to retain the spot.


That’s only a good thing, of course. We’ll back Robertson to do just that and if Liverpool’s squad players can continue to apply pressure, everyone should look stronger as a result.


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