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Signed up: Liverpool’s new signing Kostas Tsimikas

Signed up: Liverpool’s new signing Kostas Tsimikas

Signed up: Liverpool’s new signing Kostas Tsimikas

Premier League champions Liverpool have completed the signing of left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos for a fee of £11.75million.

The 24-year-old Greece international has moved to Anfield on a five-year contract after the Merseyside outfit abandoned their pursuit of Norwich City's Northern Ireland defender Jamal Lewis after the Canaries set their asking price at double the initial £10million offer the Reds made.

Tsimikas, who featured against Wolves in the Europa League last week, will provide much-needed competition for Andy Robertson on Merseyside.

"I'm very happy, I'm very proud to be here. For me, (it is) the biggest club in the world," he said. "The league here, I like a lot. I watch it on the TV and it was always one dream I had from when I was a kid to come to play in this league.

(I want) to achieve (our) goals. To win the league again and also to win the Champions League."

Tsimikas, capped three times by his country, becomes Liverpool's first signing of the summer. He made 86 appearances for Olympiacos in all competitions and has also had loan spells with Danish club Esbjerg and Dutch team Willem II.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said: "He is a very good footballer with an attitude to win and to compete, and I really like his mentality.

"It fits perfectly with the mood and the desire we have in our dressing room already. He has showed already at a young age he can experience football in a different country and do well - and he has been a big part of the success Olympiacos has had to win their title this season and in their European campaigns."

Belfast Telegraph