Liverpool even more dangerous now Jurgen Klopp has strengthened one position

It says a lot about the value of Liverpool's full-backs to Jurgen Klopp that the first bit of business this summer was to sign cover in the position.

The Reds moved swiftly to bring in Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos last week.

Not to take Andy Robertson's role at left-back but to provide much-needed back up.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has Neco Williams behind him on the other flank while Joe Gomez can also fill in for the role.

Previously, Klopp had relied on versatile man James Milner to give Robertson cover.

But the £11.7m capture of Greece's Tsimikas gives the Kop boss a natural option should Robertson be injured or need resting.

Of course, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson will play every game possible.

But, after a short summer break and a hectic schedule ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic, Klopp may not be able to be so reliant on the duo as, in his words, it could hurt their longevity in the game.

Alexander-Arnold played almost 93 per cent of the minutes Liverpool did in the Premier League last season while Robertson was not far behind with 91 per cent.

“It will be the most intense season probably of our lives,” said Klopp.

“And because of coronavirus, we cannot prepare perfectly for it because the market is not like this, nobody knows exactly how it will be in the next few months.

“I think we are all rather positive than negative about the situation in the world out there, but we still have to work on it and we still have to wait for the proper solution, which is not there.

“I'm not sure we can cover each potential problem we have like this but this problem, I'm pretty happy with the solution.

“Robbo and Trent, let's say, they cannot play every season 50-something games – it would limit their careers, to be honest, even when they come through.

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“So I'm really happy that we got this proper option and he is a proper option.”

Of course, Tsimikas is well aware he is back up.

But the purchase of the Greek ace after a failed bid for Norwich's Jamal Lewis shows the Premier League champions will only make signings they really need.

And, for Klopp, ensuring the full-backs who have made 56 assists between them in the last two seasons have cover.

“Kostas is a signing which just shows what we are looking for, what we need," said Klopp as the Reds continue their pre-season preparations in Austria.

"I think the left-back position was now not a position where the people out there would have thought, 'We need another player' and stuff like this.

“It worked out pretty well, Millie played there from time to time but we cannot take any risk or we should take as less risk as possible.

“Our full-backs in the way we play are so important with the skills they have, the speed they have, the crosses they bring in and stuff like this.

“When I saw Kostas the first time, I thought, 'Is it possible to get somebody like him?'

Meanwhile, he's not the most experienced player because he started a little bit later with a proper career.

“But in the last two or three years, he's really right on track and then has started building his career obviously.

"Then we had a conversation and he was very, very positive about this, knowing that we already have a world-class full-back – but that's exactly what you try to have."

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