Kostas Tsimikas has admitted uncertainty over the future of Liverpool owners FSG is something the players are not affected by.
The Reds are preparing for a return to action against Manchester City on Thursday evening, visiting the home of the Sky Blues for a Carabao Cup fourth-round tie. Since Jurgen Klopp's last competitive fixture versus Southampton on November 12, the position of FSG at Liverpool has been a main focus as fans await an outcome.
This may also be an unsettling period for those within the first-team squad, who have watched on as high-profile departures continue to take place within the club. Director of research Ian Graham, sporting director Julian Ward and the club's head of development analysis have all announced their exits in recent days, only adding to a feeling of instability.
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Tsimikas, though, has insisted the players cannot get caught up in movements behind the scenes and wishes to continue directing his attention to on-field issues.
“No, it’s not something we’ve talked about as players," he told The Athletic of FSG's current stance regarding considering offers for a full takeover or minority stake. There’s nothing we can do about that. It doesn’t affect us.
"As players, we always look at ourselves on the pitch and try to perform no matter what. Until now, we’ve had everything we could have asked for as players with facilities and money. The only thing we have to discuss as players is how we can play better to achieve our goals.”
Andy Robertson adopted a similar tone when speaking to ECHO at the Reds' mid-season Dubai training base, saying: "No, look, honestly, we just focus on playing football. Obviously you see the stuff in the press and you see stuff around potential new buyers or that the club has been put up for sale and things like that, but we can't control it.
"All we can do is play football, all we can do is control what is on the pitch. There's enough work on the pitch for us to not have to worry about anything else and yes, whatever else happens [with the owners] will happen."
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