By Kevin Phillips

7th Nov, 2021 | 8:45pm

Pundit 'feels sorry' for Tsimikas at Liverpool after 'incredible' Klopp reveal

Kevin Phillips “feels sorry” for Kostas Tsimikas after the Liverpool left-back was replaced by Andy Robertson for the trip to West Ham.

However, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he understands why Jurgen Klopp made the decision.

Tsimikas, 25, produced an impressive display on Wednesday as Liverpool booked their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo (5th November), Klopp admitted the Greece international’s form is giving him a “really tricky” problem.

However, he hinted that Tsimikas would find his game time limited as Robertson is “the best left-back in the world”.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the two left-backs, Phillips said: “It is a tough one because they are both playing well.

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“Tsimikas deserves a lot of credit for coming in and performing so well. He’s been brilliant.

“He is serious about trying to get that position off Robertson, who for me is arguably one of the best left-backs in world football. On his day, he is incredible.

“I understand why Klopp stuck with Robertson in the Premier League. You have to feel sorry for Tsimikas though.

“Robertson has been so consistent over the past few seasons. That’s why I think he deserves to play over Tsimikas. He has that quality and experience.

“I think he was always going to start over Tsimikas against West Ham.”

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