Liverpool star beats Kylian Mbappe, achieves best dribbling rate in European Championship qualifying

Euro 2024 qualifying is almost over and for Kostas Tsimikas it was an impressive international performance from the Liverpool defender.

Heading into their final two qualifying matches, Greece sit second in a group including France, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland, with Tsimikas a notable star.

And the stats now back it up: WhoScored shows that Tsimikas has the best dribbling success rate in qualifying, at an incredible 90%.

The Liverpool defender’s record, beating Kylian Mbappe, Jeremy Doku and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, is nothing short of impressive, and Tsimikas will be hoping to get Greece over the line.

The Piratiko have not qualified for a major international tournament since the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the 2004 European champions could be set to return to Germany next year. 

And if Greece can beat the Dutch into the final qualifying spot, they will have Tsimikas to thank, with the Liverpool defender crucial in this qualifying process.

Liverpool will be thrilled with Tsimikas’ international performances

Greece’s international reputation has never been lower in the 21st century than in recent years, but things are starting to change for the Mediterranean country, largely for Tsimikas.

The defender was an inspiration for Greece during their European Championship qualifiers and Liverpool will be happy with what they saw during Tsimikas’ trial.

With a place in next year’s competition in sight, Tsimikas has the chance to make history with Greece, something Liverpool will be thrilled to see.

FSG have stopped Liverpool’s summer transfer for an “incredible” £58m star player

Liverpool’s FSG owners were reportedly the main reason behind the Reds’ failed attempt to sign Belgian international Romeo Lavia this summer.

According to the Athletic, the American conglomerate were reluctant to spend too much money on the former Southampton midfielder, with Liverpool having rejected three offers for Lavia.

As we know, the midfielder eventually signed for Chelsea in a £58m deal, with Lavia not even making the bench for Mauricio Pochettino’s side since arriving due to injury in August.

With Liverpool choosing Ryan Gravenberch instead, it appears that FSG’s decision was actually smart in retrospect, with the young Dutchman impressing for Anfield this season.

Lavia, praised by Pep Guardiola as an “incredible” player, could have settled in at Liverpool rather than initially struggling at Chelsea. 

However, many fans currently believe that FSG and Liverpool made the right decision by leaving out Lavia, who hasn’t even been on the Chelsea bench this season.
Liverpool fans have FSG to thank for Lavia decision

August was dominated by headlines about Liverpool’s move to Lavia, which ultimately fell through and led to the signings of Gravenberch and Wataru Endo.

And fans should really thank FSG for his role in Liverpool’s transfer strategy, as the Belgian youngster has struggled with his fitness this season.

With Gravenberch also seen as a talent for the future, Liverpool’s abandonment of Lavia opened the door for another exciting candidate who could play for the Reds for many years to come.

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