While the two Manchester giants, along with Chelsea and many others, spend heavily on better-known names, Liverpool are doing things differently.
Something else, however, is different in the fact that the couple are brought to the club compared to previous signings. The likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane weren’t paid for by most of the other clubs and came at a relatively low price considering what they’ve been up to since.
But Tsimikas and Minamino signal the start of a new phase in Liverpool’s long-term recruiting strategy, and they also offer a clue as to what may be to come.
Liverpool now have their premier XI, and they no longer need to sign players who will enter the squad directly, transforming the area of the pitch they occupy like Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk or Andy Robertson.
Instead, they look to the future. Much has been said about the age of Liverpool’s frontline, with the three duos being 28 years old.
None are showing signs of decline – far from it – but they will need to be replaced at some point. The same goes for players in other positions, while at the same time, with more matches next season, more rotation will be required in the more immediate future.
By signing Tsimikas, Liverpool have a player who can naturally fit into the position Robertson has acquired when the Scotsman needs a break.
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Meanwhile, in the long run, there is a strong belief that Minamino can play the role Roberto Firmino specializes in. Jurgen Klopp must radically adjust the style of the attacking unit.
On the Analyzing Anfield podcast, David Hughes said: “This is the perfect way to prepare for and execute a transitional phase that could occur over the next two seasons.
“You have these players who can come in and play at a similar level to the regulars that we are of a similar mold.
“I don’t expect that to happen, but if someone has been sold then you don’t suddenly have to panic and bring someone in. It will really help the transition phase to come over the next couple of years. “
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And Josh Williams said: “It feels like Liverpool are starting to have a shadow squad for the first XI – Minamino in the Firmino mold, Tsimikas in the Robertson mold and Neco Williams in the Trent mold.
“You can play any midfielder and you get a decent level of performance. But the main issue is an alternative to Salah because it’s really tricky – especially the left-handed one – and a better alternative to Mane than Divock Origi. ”
Liverpool recognize that there will be a transition phase over the next two seasons as they start to refresh the squad, and signing players in a similar mold to what they already have will help with that.
This is why links to Ismaila Sarr make so much sense, although its price may prove prohibitive in this window and the club may have to look elsewhere.
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There might not be hundreds of millions to splash this summer on expensive stars, but at Minamino last January and now at Tsimikas for what could be a bargain of £ 12million, planning for Liverpool’s long-term transfers are already well under way.