Jürgen Klopp weighs-in on left-back battle at Liverpool this season

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Jürgen Klopp speaks out over Robertson vs Tsimikas battle at Liverpool

Klopp stands behind Robertson in left-back battle

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp weighed in on the battle at left-back taking place at Anfield this season between Scottish captain Andrew Robertson and Greek international Konstantinos Tsimikas.

Both players have performed to a high standard this season, but Tsimikas has pushed Robertson for his place harder than many maybe would have expected; including Klopp himself.

But, in quotes via Ben Dinnery, the German headmaster remained steadfast in his position that Robertson is unquestionably the first-choice option under his watch on the left of the Liverpool backline;

“[Tsimikas] is pushing but Robbo is Robbo. People forget how good he has been. Kostas is pushing him. I don’t doubt Robbo at all. We’re really happy with Kostas but Robbo is Robbo. An outstanding player.”

Tsimikas has featured ten times for Liverpool across all competitions this season, including two impressive European displays against both Atlético Madrid and FC Porto (both 2-0 wins), while he also completed all 90-minutes during the Reds’ 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal last weekend.

Despite still sitting as the second choice behind the former Hull City defender, Tsimikas is positive about his relationship with Robertson amid their positional rivalry.

Reds boss comments on his mentor coming to the Premier League

Jürgen Klopp is easily one of the top managers in European football; both inside England’s borders and on the continent. But he may not have risen to this status without the guidance and influence of soon-to-be Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Klopp is one of a cadre of German managers that have credited Rangnick as a mentor; others on that list include Chelsea tactician Thomas Tuchel and managerial golden boy Julian Nagelsmann.

But for Klopp, Liverpool, and the rest of the Premier League, the “Godfather of Gegenpressing” rocking up on English shores is hardly what the club hierarchy would have wanted.

Still, the Premier League looks set to benefit from the arrival of yet another brilliant tactical and developmental mind in the grand scope of football.

This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
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2 Manchester City 12 19 26
3 Liverpool FC 12 24 25
4 West Ham United 12 9 23
5 Arsenal FC 12 -4 20
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 0 19
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 12 -1 17
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 -2 17
10 Crystal Palace 12 1 16
11 Everton FC 12 -3 15
12 Leicester City 12 -5 15
13 Southampton FC 12 -3 14
14 Brentford FC 12 -1 13
15 Aston Villa 12 -4 13
16 Watford FC 12 -4 13
17 Leeds United 12 -8 11
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 12 -20 8
20 Newcastle United 12 -12 6
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Raphinha Leeds United 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 4
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
King, Joshua Watford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
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Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
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