By Paul Robinson

10th Aug, 2021 | 9:00pm

Robinson makes bold Tsimikas prediction after 'huge' news from Liverpool

Paul Robinson has backed Kostas Tsimikas to star for Liverpool in Andy Robertson’s absence.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England goalkeeper insisted the Scotland international’s injury would be a “huge blow”.

Liverpool confirmed yesterday (9th August) that Robertson had sustained ankle ligament damage during the match against Athletic Bilbao.

As such, the ex-Hull man looks set to miss the first weeks of the Premier League campaign.

The injury occurred during Liverpool’s friendly against Bilbao on Sunday, the Scottish full-back forced off just before half-time.

Tsimikas, who has already made a positive impression during pre-season, replaced Robertson.

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The 25-year-old now looks set to start the season opener against Norwich.

Paul Robinson expressed his concern about the magnitude of the loss of Roberston just days before the season opener.

He told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “The only positive is that Tsimikas played really well the other day against Bilbao.

“He was obviously brought in as cover for Robertson, and now he’s going to have to step up to the plate.

“Robertson is obviously a huge blow, we know the impact he has on the field and in the dressing room as a leader.

“You can’t shy away from the fact that it’s going to be a big miss, but if Tsimikas can keep up his good form it will be alright for Liverpool.”

Tsimakas joined Liverpool from Olympiacos back in August 2020 and has played seven times for the Reds to date.

However, he managed to make just two Premier League appearances totalling six minutes last season.

In other news, this Liverpool striker could be on his way out of Anfield.