Liverpool squad man subject of renewed interest from former admirers

Kostas Tsimikas is attracting interest from Napoli after failing to make much of an impression at Liverpool, reports in Italy claim.

Tsimikas joined Liverpool from Olympiacos in the summer to provide competition for Andy Robertson at left-back. However, he has not got as much gametime as he would have hoped.

While Tsimikas would likely never have expected to be first-choice ahead of Robertson, he would have been aiming for more than the five minutes of Premier League action he has managed.

TEAMtalk exclusively revealed in January that Liverpool had turned down two approaches from clubs in his native Greece. But his future still remains in doubt.

According to Corriere Dello Sport, Tsimikas is back on Napoli’s radar as they plan for next season.

Napoli have just lost Faouzi Ghoulam to an ACL injury, meaning they will need cover in the left-back position. And having considered Tsimikas before he went to Liverpool, they could revive their pursuit.

The Serie A side will be hoping that Liverpool’s stance has softened compared to in January.

There have been reports that Jurgen Klopp has not seen enough in training from Tsimikas to prove he is ready for more first-team opportunities. Injuries have also played a part in his struggles for gametime.

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However, the 24-year-old has still managed five appearances in cup competitions this season.

It means his price tag is unlikely to have increased on the near-£11m fee Liverpool paid for him in 2020. That would make him an affordable target for Napoli.

Liverpool still have him under contract until 2025, though, so still hold a strong negotiating position.

Tsimikas part of summer clearout?

Reports have suggested that Liverpool could be looking to sell some of their fringe players in the summer.

Tsimikas has not been mentioned specifically, but the likes of Divock Origi have.

A recent report claimed that the striker could be on his way out for a cut-price fee after struggling to push on from his successful 2018-19 campaign.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also face uncertain futures as Klopp considers a midfield reshuffle.

Whether full-back Tsimikas could also be on his way out remains to be seen.

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