Kostas Tsimikas expressed the Liverpool squad’s determination to finish the season as strongly as possible, with three points on the line against Leeds United on Monday
The Reds responded strongly after falling two goals behind to Arsenal last weekend, with goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino bringing them level at Anfield before the former and Ibrahima Konate were denied late winners.
Jürgen Klopp’s men have nine games left in the Premier League season, and Tsimikas reiterated his desire to finish the season in a positive manner and qualify for European football.
“We must fight in every game.” We must win each game one by one. If we want to achieve anything, we need to win the next nine games,” the left-back told Liverpoolfc.com at the AXA Training Centre.
“All of the boys want to play in Europe next year, so we have to keep the good spirit we had in the second half [on Sunday], all of the fighting we did, and we have to start doing it from the first half and second half as well.”
“The first half was not so good, but we came back in the second half.” I believe that if we start every game, the first half, with the same desire we had in the second half against
The Reds’ comeback against the Gunners was aided by a powerful Anfield atmosphere, with Tsimikas explaining how important it was and is from the players’ perspective.
“Of course, it was extremely beneficial to us. “Whenever we play at home, there is an extra push for all of the players who played,” he explained.
“It was critical that we had the fans next to us, especially in this game, because they were outstanding.” They are always there for us from the start to the finish.
“We wanted to celebrate a win as a team; in the end, we were a little unlucky with Mo’s and Ibou’s chances.” We expected more from this game, but the fans were fantastic, and it’s always perfect when you play at home.”
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And, when asked if Liverpool could benefit from that performance, the Greece international replied, “Of course, I hope [so].” To be honest, we require it.
“The team, for me, is sticking together; only we can get through this.” Hopefully, this second-half comeback will give us a boost for the upcoming games, which we desperately need. We’re in a situation where we don’t feel at ease.
“We were in this situation three years ago, but it wasn’t exactly the same because of the coronavirus and other factors.” But, as I previously stated, only we can go through this.”
Liverpool’s preparations for their next Premier League match, a Monday night trip to Leeds, are well underway.
The Reds were defeated in the reverse fixture last October, with the Yorkshire club winning 2-1 at Anfield thanks to a late strike.
Tsimikas expressed his admiration for Leeds, who are now managed by Javi Gracia, and outlined the key areas that can lead his team to victory this time.
“They’re a very hardworking team, everyone runs so much,” the No.21 said. “They were determined to win the game, even though it was at Anfield.”
“I like the way they play; they fight for every ball, so if we want to win, we have to be on top of all of these situations – we have to fight more, win more balls, and run more than them.” Following that, we have a chance to win the game.
“It will be very difficult because they have shown in all of their games that they fight until the end, so we must be fully prepared for this game.”
The game at Elland Road has been earmarked as a possible comeback opportunity for Reds attacker Luis Diaz, who has been out for six months due to injury.
Tsimikas is excited to see the Colombian return to the field and assist Klopp’s team.
“Of course, we were devastated when Luis was injured again in Dubai,” he concluded. It was extremely difficult for us because we wanted him and his skills as a team.
“He got better with his personality every time he played.” He’s an incredible player who always helped me when I played with him because we play on the same [side of the pitch]. And I assist him as well.
“Of course, I’m excited for this game; hopefully, he’ll play and be in good shape, and he’ll be able to show us a little bit of the magic he showed us before he got injured.”