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He’s making that threat’: Mark Lawrenson suggests ‘two-footed’ Liverpool star could replace Alexander-Arnold

Mark Lawrenson has suggested that left-back Kostas Tsimikas could be the man to take over from Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool.

 

Liverpool’s right-back has struggled for form early in the season, leading to calls for him to be dropped. And speaking to Off The Ball, Lawrenson claimed that it could be Tsimikas to replace Alexander-Arnold.

 

We all know he’s [Tsimikas] a really good player. Occasionally they’ve left Robertson out for him to play. Listen, he’s two-footed he can actually play at right-back and I bet he’s making that threat to Trent, like ‘don’t worry about me filling in for Robertson, I might be the fella who takes over from you,’” said the former Reds player.

“I know that they love him [Tsimikas], he’s just one of those mad lads, he’s always doing something daft, but he just wants to play. The more games he gets, the better he will get. There is the possibility they could play him at right-back.”replace Alexander-Arnold

 

Tsimikas continues to put full-backs under pressure

This isn’t actually the first time that Lawrenson has made this suggestion. The pundit made the claim after Tsimikas did well in Liverpool’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Nottingham Forest in March.

 

It’s unclear exactly where he’s getting this from, though. So far at Liverpool, we’ve never seen Kostas in any position other than at left-back.

 

He looks to have a decent right-foot, but he still very much wants to put it onto his left. And well he might. Despite only starting two games so far this year, he already has three assists. All with his left.

The way the Greek played in Tuesday night’s win over Ajax was another reminder to Robertson that he’s hot on his heels.replace Alexander-Arnold

 

Robbo will be hoping to make a return after the international break in order to reclaim his place. If he misses more action and Tsimikas continues to do well, he could well find himself out of the team.

 

Whether or not Jurgen Klopp is thinking of trying the Greek on the opposite side is something only he will know.

 

The manager has shown he’s not averse to fielding players on what is technically their opposite side. He did play James Milner at left-back for a full season let’s not forget.

 

Seen through that decision, moving Tsimikas across to the right would seem much more reasonable. It still feels unlikely to happen, but perhaps it’s a good way of keeping Trent on his toes all the same.

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