Liverpool fans loved Kostas Tsimikas’ last minute turmoil as their left-back fought to keep the ball despite his shoulder injury.
With a crowd returning to stadiums across the country, the soul of football has returned and the players on the pitch are back to respond to the energy of the spectators.
This phenomenon was fully evident at Anfield where Liverpool played in front of a large crowd for a Premier League game for the first time in 18 months, beating Burnley 2-0.
Aside from the goals and the arrival of the home side as they stepped onto the pitch before kick-off, one of the loudest roars of the afternoon came when Tsimikas – replacing Andy Robertson – succeeded in his determined effort to hold onto the ball despite his affliction. with a shoulder injury (which will soon see him replaced by Joe Gomez) and put under pressure by a pass from teammate Joel Matip.
With just under 60 seconds of regulation time to play, the Greece international was put in trouble when caught between Matthew Lowton and substitute Jay Rodriguez.
However, despite being caught in a scrum on the turf with Burnley’s pair and then also closed by Dwight McNeil, Tsimikas still came out with the ball and was able to pass it safely to Virgil van Dijk.
Merseyside fans love to see one of their own make a change and Anfield erupted with a warm roar in thanks for the 25-year-old’s efforts.
Fans also expressed their joy at what Tsimikas had done during a discussion on Reddit.
Tsimikas must fight to hold onto his place ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday, with Robertson expected to be in top form again.
Jurgen Klopp thinks the competition between the two left-backs is not a problem.
He said: “Kostas, like Robbo before, needed some time to get used to all the different things we ask left-backs.
“Absolutely, over time he got it, so Kostas is having a good time, he played well, scored a goal with a sensational cross so that’s not a problem, it’s just great to have them have both. “