Kostas Tsimikas believes Liverpool would not have enjoyed their success under Jurgen Klopp had it not been for former sporting director Michael Edwards.
Tsimikas was one of several players Edwards – who worked with Klopp and the recruiting team – helped bring to the club for six years before leaving last summer.
The Greece international joined Liverpool in 2020, the reigning Premier League and world champions who won the Champions League the previous season, and helped them win the FA Cup and League Cup last season.
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And Tsimikas has paid tribute to the work of Edwards, whose successor Julian Ward will soon leave the Reds at the club with their next sporting director still to be determined.
“Usually these people do everything,” said the left back. “He (Edwards) made a lot of important changes in the team, very important transfers. He also brought me here and I am very happy about that. Because if that man and the whole scouting department of the team, I wouldn’t be here.
“I think if it wasn’t for him, the team wouldn’t have gotten to where it is today, with all the trophies it’s won. So I, in turn, and the team thank him very much for what he’s done for all of us.”
Although Tsimikas has made 28 appearances for Liverpool this season, Tsimikas has started just eight Premier League games – half of them in the first three months – with established left-back Andy Robertson.
And speaking to the Greek publication Gazzetta, Tsimikas said: “This is very difficult for me. Because I often come here happy, full, ready to give everything. I go out on the field, I give everything and in the end I don’t” t play and that is not easy.
“I understand, we are 22 players, we can’t all play. It’s very difficult and people can’t understand because people only see how much money the footballer gets, what life he leads and so on. For me this is the hardest part, sometimes you have to come to terms with situations where you feel very aggrieved.
“You ask yourself ‘what else do I need to do? What do I need to improve on? Am I not good?’ And that’s how all the problems start.”
Although Tsimikas still has two years left on his contract with Liverpool, there is speculation about a possible departure this summer. However, the player has not even considered leaving Anfield.
“To tell the truth, I have not seen myself in the colors of any other team, especially in England,” he said. “I try to be focused and do my best for the team I play for.
“Liverpool is the team that raised me in football. From the people who work at the club to the chefs, you see everyone is equal, they see you as a person here. They hugged me tight from day one , loved me , show me the way, everything I want is here. There is no better atmosphere in a team I think. So I didn’t think about it (leaving).”
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