100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Liverpool line-ups as Kostas Tsimikas and James Milner decisions made for Aston Villa
Liverpool team news and starting line-up selections for the Premier League clash at Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa
Liverpool's high-risk strategy pays off to put pressure back on Man City in title race
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have done all they can with a win against Aston Villa which means it's over to…
Liverpool star who 'has to play' at Aston Villa and what Steven Gerrard must do against Man City
In part two of his weekly ECHO column, John Aldridge discusses Liverpool's trophy chances this month and in particular, the…
Jurgen Klopp urges Liverpool players to ignore what title rivals Man City do
Jurgen Klopp urged Liverpool to block out Manchester City after Sadio Mane kept their quadruple dream alive.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Liverpool XI vs Aston Villa: Salah benched - Starting lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for game today
Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson start on the bench for Liverpool tonight as Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Aston Villa.
Mane stoops to conquer and keep pressure on City
A slip from Steven Gerrard may have cost Liverpool a Premier League title. A team of his will not do…
Get all your news in one place
Latest Sport news:
Chelsea FC vs Leicester LIVE! Premier League match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction
Chelsea vs Leicester - LIVE!
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
Change of heart revitalises top orienteer
Cardiac arrest and open heart surgery haven't slowed down top Kiwi orienteer Lizzie Ingham, who's on her way to her…
Chelsea FC XI vs Leicester: Predicted starting lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for game today
Today’s penultimate Premier League game of Chelsea’s season sees Thomas Tuchel face Leicester without Andreas Christensen after his withdrawal from…
NTT reveals new data boost to improve IndyCar fan experience
NTT, IndyCar’s title sponsor and technology partner, has announced an enhanced and more immersive experience for IndyCar fans in time…
Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher and An All-Out SEC War
The coaches’ blunt comments have taken this public feud to a level maybe never seen in college football.
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Recall: 2022 Yamaha YZ125s May Have Faulty Gear Shift Assemblies
Yamaha issues an official recall for 760 units of its 2022 YZ125N2L and YZ125N2ME two-stroke dirt bike models due to…
New York City mayor offers Liberty a site for F1 race
Liberty Media boss Greg Maffei has revealed that recently elected New York City mayor Eric Adams has offered Formula 1…

Jonathan Woodgate names 'astute' Liverpool signing key to Aston Villa win

By Richard Garnett

Kostas Tsimikas has been given a vote of approval by Jonathan Woodgate after the Greek defender helped Liverpool to secure a crucial victory against Aston Villa that kept their Premier League title hopes alive.

The 25-year-old left-back has put in a succession of promising performances when called upon this season and found himself thrown into the starting XI on Tuesday evening as Jurgen Klopp opted to rest regular starter Andy Robertson ahead of the FA Cup final on Saturday.

The Reds had to come from behind to clinch victory against Steven Gerrard's side at Villa Park but the result could have been altogether different had Tsimikas not produced a crucial block to deny Ollie Watkins a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

READ MORE: Sadio Mane speaks out over Liverpool situation amid Barcelona transfer rumours

READ MORE: Alisson Becker makes 'amazing' Sadio Mane claim and addresses potential Liverpool problem

And former Real Madrid, Leeds United and Middlesbrough star Woodgate told BBC Sport: “Tsimikas has been an excellent deputy for Robertson. He is another astute signing by the Liverpool recruitment team. That was a huge challenge.”

Nicknamed by fans 'the Greek Scouser', Tsimikas has now made eight starts for the Reds this term and has succeeded in putting pressure on Robertson to hold down his starting place in the first XI.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Greece international told Liverpool's official club website how proud he was of his team's achievements so far this season and their two forthcoming cup final appearances, starting with the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday. Tsimikas said: "I'm really, really looking forward for this game. I'm very proud for this team, all the work we did since the start of the season. As I say, we set all our goals to win all the trophies and we are so close.

"We won the Carabao Cup, we're in the final in the FA Cup, we're in the final [of the] Champions League. We are second in the league. I'm really looking forward [to it]. It was a very, very good season so far and we will go for it. We want to win as many [trophies] as possible. All the boys, we work hard for that to achieve our goals."

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Liverpool line-ups as Kostas Tsimikas and James Milner decisions made for Aston Villa
Liverpool team news and starting line-up selections for the Premier League clash at Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa
Liverpool's high-risk strategy pays off to put pressure back on Man City in title race
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have done all they can with a win against Aston Villa which means it's over to…
Liverpool star who 'has to play' at Aston Villa and what Steven Gerrard must do against Man City
In part two of his weekly ECHO column, John Aldridge discusses Liverpool's trophy chances this month and in particular, the…
Jurgen Klopp urges Liverpool players to ignore what title rivals Man City do
Jurgen Klopp urged Liverpool to block out Manchester City after Sadio Mane kept their quadruple dream alive.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Liverpool XI vs Aston Villa: Salah benched - Starting lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for game today
Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson start on the bench for Liverpool tonight as Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Aston Villa.
Mane stoops to conquer and keep pressure on City
A slip from Steven Gerrard may have cost Liverpool a Premier League title. A team of his will not do…
Get all your news in one place