It was announced on Monday evening Kostas Tsimikas had completed a transfer to Liverpool from Olympiacos.

The Greek international was acquired for an initial £11.25m to provide much-needed cover and competition for left-back partner Andy Robertson.

To get a flavour of how news of the signing has been received in Greece - and what fans can expect to see from the 24-year-old - we caught up with Stratos Sakkias from the Official Liverpool Supporters Club in Thessaloniki, the city Tsimikas grew up in.

He gives us his thoughts following the full-back's whirlwind Anfield transfer.

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How did you and the other Liverpool supporters in Thessaloniki feel when Kostas started being linked with a move to Liverpool?

We all knew here that Kostas is a fantastic player and can play for any team in the world.

We all had a hope that he would join our beloved Liverpool but it’s a huge gap between transfer rumours and a final agreement.

Liverpool fans gather outside the official supporters branch in Thessaloniki, Greece

What was the feeling like when he was officially announced as a Liverpool player?

Very happy! Excited. A Greek lad in the Liverpool team again.

Kostas is only our second Greek player, as Sotirios Kyrgiakos played for Liverpool for two seasons around 10 years ago.

What was the reaction to Kostas signing for the Reds like in Greece? How has the news over there covered it?

It’s a huge transfer for a Greek player so it was everywhere on the news as the main headline.

It does not happen everyday for a player of the Greek league to join the English, European and World Champions with the world’s best manager.

What kind of player can Liverpool expect to see in Tsimikas?

I think Kostas is the left-back that perfectly suits to Liverpool’s playing style.

Also, I have heard that he has a great character and he is very focused on playing good football.

Thessaloniki's Official Liverpool Supporters Club branch is located in the city centre and has three floors plus seven big screens
Thessaloniki's Official Liverpool Supporters Club branch is located in the city centre and has three floors plus seven big screens

What are his best qualities?

His hard work. His good mentality.

He always tries his best and I think his best attribute on the pitch are the very dangerous crosses he produces.

What will it be like seeing Kostas make his first appearance for Liverpool? How will your supporters club react?

We all expect football to be back, initially on television and hopefully soon we can also visit Anfield to see Kostas live.

Listen to an Analysing Anfield podcast Kostas Tsimikas special by clicking HERE

All of us will be very proud of him when we see him wearing the red shirt with the liverbird upon his chest!


How does this transfer compare to other Greek players who have made the move to one of Europe's top five leagues in the past?

Kostas joined the best football club in the world right now so it is something huge!

The Official Liverpool Supporters branch in Thessaloniki was founded in 1995
The Official Liverpool Supporters branch in Thessaloniki was founded in 1995


If you could speak to Kostas what would your message to him be?

Kosta, welcome to the world’s best football family! We are sure that you will make us proud! It’s a great honor to see a Greek playing with the red shirt again and we wish you all the best luck and we are sure that you are going to win many trophies! OLSC Thessaloniki branch will support you and we will welcome you to our premises to meet you in person! YNWA

Κώστα καλώς ήρθες στη καλύτερη ποδοσφαιρική οικογένεια του πλανήτη! Είμαστε σίγουροι ότι θα μας κάνεις υπερήφανους! Είναι μεγάλη τιμή να ξανα βλέπουμε έναν Έλληνα να αγωνίζεται με τη κόκκινη φανέλα και σου ευχόμαστε κάθε επιτυχία. Είμαστε σίγουροι ότι θα κερδίσεις πόλλα τρόπαια. Ο σύνδεσμος της Θεσσαλονίκης θα σε στηρίξει και σε περιμενούμε στα γραφεία να σε γνωρίσουμε και από κοντά. YNWA