Jurgen Klopp rates Kostas Tsimikas debut after Liverpool transfer

Jurgen Klopp praised Kostas Tsimikas after the Greek international made his Liverpool debut in the 3-0 pre-season victory over Stuttgart.

The 24-year-old, who joined the Premier League champions earlier in the month, played 45 minutes of the victory, in which Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Rhian Brewster scored for the Reds.

Asked about his new signing’s performance, Klopp said: ‘Good, good. He is a pretty quick player and pretty confident, how you will hear in his [post-match] interview!

‘But he is a good player – a really good player – and he did well. The next challenge for him is now to get used to our defending and things.

‘It will take time, no doubt, but when he has the ball it looks not so bad.’

On the win, Klopp added: ‘I’m very happy, very happy.

‘It was a super intense session for us today because the weather, wow, it rained like crazy, the pitch was really difficult – you could see the water was still on the pitch.

‘That makes football games always tricky. Good organised opponent obviously but we scored nice goals and for me most important was that we felt 45 minutes [of] football is different to a 90-minute session, because in sessions you make breaks, drinks break.

‘Here is no break, so you just have to go through. That was the most important thing to do today and the boys did it, they felt the intensity of the game – very good.’

Tsimikas, meanwhile, said: ‘I feel very good, I’m very happy I did my debut.

‘Now I want to work more and to play more often in the league games. I want to be ready for everything.’

Liverpool, who stormed to their first Premier League title in 30 years last season, face Arsenal in the Community Shield on August 29.

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