Kostas Tsimikas transfer deal to Liverpool and Jamal Lewis lawsuit show crucial change in FSG approach

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New Liverpool left-back Kostas Tsimikas was one of four options the Reds would have been happy to pursue as they sought specialist cover for top pick Andy Robertson. In the past, James Milner and Neco Williams have had to fill the position when Robertson was out – although those opportunities have been rare, with the Scots playing 49 times in 2019/20 – but it will no longer be necessary.

The deal that brought Tsimikas to Anfield from Olympiacos, however, was also the latest example of Liverpool’s recruiting policy improving since Fenway Sports Group owned the club.

In the Morning Bulletin podcast, Matt Addison said: “In the past, like when Liverpool gave their all for Yevhen Konoplyanka, who was at Dnipro at the time, they ended up not having him because they did. have left too late. They ended up with no one.

“These days Liverpool have options. In this case, there were four with Sergio Reguilon, who had been on loan at Sevilla and impressed Liverpool a lot last season, and Lloyd Kelly as well.

“Lewis was the ‘number one’ choice, if you will, but when that didn’t happen they quickly went for Tsimikas. It could have been one of those four players and I hope Liverpool are done with the right one. Liverpool certainly did. got himself an excellent left-back. ”

Lewis and then Tsimikas’ moves came early in the window as well, leaving plenty of time to move for alternatives, although Liverpool didn’t bother before getting one.

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In contrast, their offer for Konoplyanka in January 2014 came on the deadline day and no other player had been identified at that time.

This scattered and haphazard approach to the transfer market seems barely six years ago.

Konoplyanka, the then 24-year-old winger, had made a medical and personal deal with Liverpool, but the documents were not signed until the 11pm deadline.

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Konoplyanka’s club later let him go, and he now plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in his home country, but at that time they weren’t prepared to let him go and so he refused to let the agreement be made.

Liverpool got frustrated, didn’t identify any other targets and made their move so late into the window that nothing could be done. Brendan Rodgers said publicly at the time that he felt his team at the time were good enough to compete.

This turned out to be the case, as his side almost won the Premier League. No one will ever know if they had made the deal what could have happened in this title race with Manchester City.

These days Liverpool don’t have to ask ‘what if?’ Their first signing of the summer as Champions is over.

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Tsimikas will take the number 21 shirt from Liverpool and could make his debut for the Reds in the Community Shield against Arsenal on August 29, before the new Premier League campaign kicks off two weeks later on September 12.

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