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Liverpool are set to sign Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas and we will bring you updates on that and more.

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Liverpool fans in agreement after Tsimikas completes transfer

Liverpool fans have been reacting to Mostas Tsimikas’ officially signing for the club.

The 24-year-old has left Olympiacos to sign for the Reds, and has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Anfield.

Tsimias will provide competition with Andy Robertson at left-back, and will wear the No.21 shirt in his debut season.

Reds fans have been voicing their thoughts and emotions on the deal, with many delighted by the Greece international’s arrival.

MORE HERE.

Kostas Tsimikas new signing for Liverpool at Melwood Training Ground
Kostas Tsimikas new signing for Liverpool at Melwood Training Ground (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Olympiacos send message to Tsimikas after making Liverpool switch

Olympiacos have sent a message to Kostas Tsimikas after officially becoming a Liverpool player.

The 24-year-old defender has signed a five-year contract with the Reds, and will provide competition for Andy Robertson at left-back.

The Reds will pay Olympiacos an initial fee of around £11.75m, with Tsimikas wearing the No.21 shirt which was previously worn by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before he switched to No.15 last year.

Tsimikas has already expressed his delight over completing his move to Anfield, and now his old club have sent a classy message his way.

Olympiacos have congratulated Tsimikas on making the switch to Liverpool, and also wished him the best for the future.

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Kostas Tsimikas new signing for Liverpool at Melwood Training Ground
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We 'signed' Tsimikas for Liverpool and the results were amazing

Liverpool’s search for an able back-up for left-back Andy Robertson seems to be over, with the Reds signing of Olympiacos left-back Kostas Tsimikas, who will cost in the region of £11.75 million.

The 24-year-old emerged as an option for the Reds when it was clear Norwich’s valuation of Jamal Lewis, somewhere in the region of £20 million, wasn’t going to budge with the Reds seeing a bid rejected. Real Madrid defender Sergio Reguilon and Bournemouth full-back Lloyd Kelly were also in the mix, but the club have moved quickly to tie up a deal for 24-year-old Tsimakis.

So, how many games could Tsimakis actually appear in for Liverpool next season? And, how will he perform as Robertson’s back-up?

We used Football Manager 2020 to have a bit of fun and see what kind of impact Kostas Tsimikas could have at Liverpool next season.

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Kostas Tsimikas is expected to complete a move to Liverpool in the coming days
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Tsimikas sent message by ex-Liverpool star after completing transfer

Former Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella has sent a message to new Reds signing Kostas Tsimikas.

The 24-year-old has officially completed his move to Anfield after agreeing a five-year contract at Liverpool.

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Kostas Tsimikas new signing for Liverpool at Melwood Training Ground
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Tsimikas' first words as a Liverpool player after completing move

Liverpool have officially completed the signing of defender Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

The 24-year-old has penned a long-term contract with the Reds, and will provide competition at left-back with Andy Robertson.

Tsimikas becomes Jurgen Klopp’s first signing this summer, as well as the club’s first since becoming Premier League champions.

The full-back has already expressed his delight and pride at completing his move to Anfield, and is looking forward to his time on Merseyside.

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Kostas Tsimikas new signing for Liverpool at Melwood Training Ground
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Liverpool complete Tsimikas transfer to seal first summer deal

Liverpool have completed the signing of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos on a five-year contract.

The left-back flew into the UK on Sunday and completed his medical with the Reds on Monday at a private hospital before he was officially unveiled as the club’s first signing of the summer.

The Reds will pay Olympiacos an initial fee of around £11.75m and the Greece international will provide competition for Andy Robertson on the left side of the Liverpool defence next term.

Tsimikas was one of four left-backs identified by the club alongside Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis, Real Madrid defender Sergio Reguilon and Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly.

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Liverpool evening headlines

Here are your evening Liverpool headlines for Monday August 10.

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Kostas Tsimikas looks on at Allianz Arena on November 5, 2019 in Munich, Germany
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Jurgen Klopp has already found his next big Liverpool project

Liverpool have made a transfer breakthrough with Olympiacos left-back Kostas Tsimikas is set to join the Reds

The two clubs have agreed a fee worth £11.75 million for the defender, but personal terms have yet to be agreed with the Greece international.

Jurgen Klopp had been chasing Jamal Lewis, but the Reds were unable to agree a fee with Norwich City, who were understood to be holding out for £20 million.

So Liverpool turned their attention to Tsimikas and the Greek defender flew over to Merseyside for a medical and contract talks in the coming days.

The burning question among Reds supporters is what kind of player is he?

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Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on July 24, 2020

Liverpool transfer rumours rated

Liverpool continue to be linked with a host of players, as Jurgen Klopp takes a view on where to strengthen his squad during the transfer window.

As fresh rumours about the potential new Anfield arrivals continue to surface, we have taken a look at the latest pieces of gossip to see what they could mean for the Reds.

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Diego Carlos during the La Liga game between Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano
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Blood Red podcast

Paul Gorst, Joe Rimmer, Matt Addison & Guy Clarke on Liverpool’s transfer policy and the success under Michael Edwards ahead of Kostas Tsimikas’ move from Olympiakos.

Sancho staying put

Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc says that Jadon Sancho will not be leaving the club this summer.

“We plan with Jadon Sancho. He will play with us next season. I think that answers all the questions.

“We have already extended his contract one year ago until June 2023”

Krawietz explains factor that helps in Liverpool transfer negotiations

Liverpool coach Peter Krawietz has revealed the steps taken by the Reds in order to reach Premier League glory for the first time under Jurgen Klopp.

The assistant manager has detailed objectives were given to the squad before the beginning of each new season and steadily, progress was made towards the ultimate goal.

Liverpool won the league for the first time in 30 years but despite the wait already being so long when Jurgen Klopp arrived with Krawietz, they knew it was not a target that could be met in a rush.

All coaching staff were determined to be meticulous in building towards their success, taking it step by step as they went.

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Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool Peter Krawietz assistant manager during a training session at Melwood Training Ground

Liverpool sponsorship deal ends as allegations of monkey cruelty emerge

Liverpool have not renewed their partnership with Chaokoh as allegations of animal cruelty were denied by the company.

The Reds’ partnership with the coconut water brand drew to a close at the end of July and the club decided against renewing terms with the Thai firm.

It has since emerged that findings from an undercover investigation from animal rights organisation, PETA, accuses Chaokoh of using produce sourced unethically by what were described as “terrified monkeys”.

PETA says their investigators visited as many as eight farms across Thailand and found that illegally captured monkeys were being used to pick coconuts to be used by Chaokoh and their worldwide operation.

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace
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A host of UK supermarkets have since taken Chaokoh’s stock off their shelves pending investigations and Liverpool’s association with the brand came to an end recently.

The ECHO understands Liverpool ‘s decision not to renew wasn’t based on the campaign and was taken prior to the findings of PETA Asia’s first-ever undercover operation.

However, the Premier League champions were thanked for their decision after a senior PETA staff member labelled the allegations against Chaokoh as “vile practice.”

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Nike on track to smash sales record

Nike are said to be on course to smash New Balance's Liverpool kit sale record.

A report in the Evening Standard has suggested the American sportswear brand has designed the biggest ever seller in the history of Reds kits.

Fans queuing up for the new Nike kit outside the club shop at Anfield (Pic Andrew Teebay) (Image: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

Q&A complete

That's all from our man Paul Gorst we hope you enjoyed his live Q&A.

We will be sure to check back in with our Liverpool correspondent for another question and answer session next week.

If you are just joining us please scroll down to read Gorsty's take on everything LFC.

He brings updates on Thiago Alcantara, Kostas Tsimikas, Gini Wijnaldum, pre-season plans and more.

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How long have the club been tracking Kostas Tsimikas? Is he better than Jamal Lewis?

Paul: The club have been aware of Tsimikas for around three years.

Scouts were sent to Willem II to keep tabs on Pedro Chirivella’s development when they noticed Tsimikas and his ability.

So Liverpool have been keeping tabs ever since.

But, as expansive and wide-reaching as their scouting network is, they will be aware of so many players across Europe.

I have no idea if he is “better” than Jamal Lewis.

I cannot profess to have watched him (Tsimikas) an awful lot other than the odd Europa League game against Arsenal and Wolves.

Lewis was highly-rated and the fact he was the first one they bid for speaks volumes but Tsimikas has plenty of pedigree, also.

Have the club got a new shirt sleeve sponsor lined up? Anything in the pipeline regarding sponsorship on training ground?

Paul: The club are in talks, I believe, with regards to a sleeve sponsorship.

Their deal with Western Union recently came to an end and it’s another avenue they can explore as a revenue stream.

I doubt the club will put a naming right on the new training ground, however.

The club have explored the possibility of naming the stand when the Anfield Road is expanded but it is early days for that.

It does show that the club are at least open to that area of sponsorship, at least. But nothing in the pipeline as far as I know with the new Kirkby facility.

Gary O'Neil reacts

Gary O'Neil has said he feels "extremely grateful and privileged" to have become Liverpool U23s new assistant manager.

The former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough winger shared a message to social media after his new role was announced.

O'Neil wrote: "Feel extremely grateful and privileged to have been given such an amazing opportunity at such an early stage of my coaching career.

"Cannot wait to get going and help our talented squad progress further with their careers!"

BREAKING: Gary O'Neil appointed to U23s

Liverpool have appointed Gary O'Neil as the club's new Under-23s assistant coach.

The former pro was at Portsmouth when sporting director Michael Edwards worked there as an analyst.

More on this to follow.

Have Liverpool lined up any pre-season friendlies?

As of now the club have not got any concrete plans for pre-season.

They are due back at Melwood today after two weeks off, so plans may start to take more shape over the next few days with regards to friendlies.

I don’t think we will see too many.

The club also have the Community Shield to contest at the end of this month too.

We saw a couple of months back that the club were able to arrange a friendly with Blackburn quite quickly, so I would suggest it might be a similar type of programme with some Anfield friendlies behind closed doors against teams within 50 miles or so.

Is there any interest in Ozan Kabak?

Paul: No. My colleague Connor Dunn recently wrote that he is not a player under consideration.

Klopp traditionally likes new recruits in early, do you expect movement on further signings before the Evian training camp?

Paul: Traditionally, Klopp would prefer his signings in the door early.

Any manager would tell you the same, but with the window open until the first week of October and the club still largely assessing their finances, I think it might be possible that we see movement a little bit later than usual.

Klopp said a couple of weeks back that the club would be playing something of a waiting game so it looks like that will be the plan.

The club are yet to confirm another trip to Evian-les-Bains but Klopp is keen to make it happen.

Last year, the Reds played Lyon in Geneva, near where their training camp was based and I know the manager is a big fan of the intense work that he is able to undertake there.

I've always been under the impression that we would see some developments with the Thiago transfer once his season is finished with Bayern Munich in Lisbon. Do you believe that there will be contact between us and Bayern once their campaign is over?

Paul: That’s a sensible school of thought, but I’ve been told on two separate occasions that Thiago Alcantara is not under consideration in the Liverpool recruitment room.

It would appear as though he is keen to leave Bayern Munich this summer and why wouldn’t he want to come to Liverpool right now?

But, no, I don’t think he will be signing for the Reds. All the noise about this particular deal seems to be coming from the Bayern end.

At age of 29, I am not sure he has the profile the club are looking at.

Although he is a quality player, of course.

Thiago Alcantara impressed for Bayern Munich against Chelsea (Image: A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern)

Is there any truth in Ismaila Sarr as a possible transfer? If so, would that not hinder Harvey Elliott's progress?

Paul: There is, but it is not as black and white as saying he will come to Liverpool.

I was told late last week that he is one of a number of options who has been looked at and tracked.

His profile fits the bill as far as backup to the front three with a high ceiling of potential goes.

Much like the pursuit of Jamal Lewis, Liverpool probably feel they can pick up quality from a relegated side.

The issue might be the price, however.

Watford paid £25m for him last summer and he has only enhanced his reputation in the Premier League. I wouldn’t be too confident to say he will be a Reds player before the end of the transfer window, but I have had it confirmed that he is of interest.

As far as Elliott’s progress goes, he has only recently turned 17 in the last few months so there is absolutely no pressure whatsoever on him to stake a claim for a more regular place in the first-team squad.

The club have massive hopes for him and see him as a long-term Liverpool player for the next 10 years minimum, so the arrival of someone more senior to fight for a place in that front three is not viewed as a massive hindrance to Elliott right now.

Who is the most realistic replacement for Dejan Lovren?

Paul: Tough one, I’m confident that Ben White was scouted throughout much of last season’s Championship campaign at Leeds.

And I believe there is - or at least was - interest in Sevilla Diego Carlos earlier this year. His asking price or release clause might be a little on the high side now.

Liverpool need an experienced centre-back to cover the loss of Lovren, though. He played over 200 Premier League games for Liverpool and Southampton.

A youngster coming up to replace him is a big ask.

Gini Wijnaldum is going to sign a new contract? If not, Liverpool consider to sell him in this transfer window?

Paul: This is a really precarious one, isn’t it?

Liverpool, I was told, took the decision in lockdown to shelve all contract negotiations and transfer discussions, which meant there would be little progress on Wijnaldum’s situation.

Now it is all up and running once more, though and it is one of the biggest on-field issues at the club right now.

He played 37 times last season in the Premier League so he is clearly a big name for Jurgen Klopp, so it is impossible to suggest that the club don’t want to renew his deal.

he ball is perhaps in his court but as he’s into the final 12 months, the club have a big decision to make.

Personally, I don’t think they will offload him, though. They will do their utmost to make sure he signs.

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