Tsimikas farewells Klopp: "Your faith in me changed my life, you will be missed"

kostas tsimikas, jurgen klopp

The 28-year-old Greek left-back thanked the German coach for the opportunity given to play for Liverpool.

After nine years in the Liverpool dugout, Jurgen Klopp has decided to leave the Merseyside club, with Arne Slot now taking over as Reds manager.

One of the players who took the opportunity from the German and established himself at the left side of the defence was Kostas Tsimikas, who, in turn, wanted to say goodbye to the coach who believed in him.

The Greek international played under Klopp for four years, making 86 appearances for Liverpool. During this time, he won four trophies, most importantly the Premier League.

The 28-year-old left-back thanked Klopp for the opportunity he gave him to play for the Reds, saying that the 56-year-old's faith in him changed his life.

Tsimikas' post

"Coach, your belief in me has changed my life. You gave me the chance to play for an organization that offers immense opportunities to those fortunate enough to serve it.

"Playing under your guidance at Liverpool has been a journey filled with intense joy and invaluable lessons. From Anfield and Champions League nights to lifting Trophies, each moment has been a dream come true.

"Thank you for shaping not just the player I am, but the person I strive to be. Wishing you happinness and success in your new adventures. You will be missed," said Tsimikas in his story.

Tsimikas was born in Thessaloniki, and hails from the village of Lefkonas, Serres. He started his career with his village's local team, and he transferred to AS Neapoli Thessaloniki when he was 14 years old. In 2013, he moved to Panserraikos, and he scored 5 goals during the 2013–14 season in Gamma Ethniki.

On 11 August 2020, Tsimikas signed for Liverpool on a deal for reported fee of £11.75 million. He became just the second Greek footballer to become a Liverpool player after Sotirios Kyrgiakos who joined the club from AEK Athens in 2009.

The Greek player made his debut for Liverpool in the EFL Cup on 24 September 2020, against Lincoln City in a 7–2 win. He made his Premier League debut as a substitute for Andrew Robertson against Manchester City in a 4–1 loss.

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