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Liverpool: Tsimikas won a trophy with his first-ever penalty

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The Greek defender sealed Liverpool’s FA Cup title with a crucial penalty last year.

Kostas Tsimikas signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool on Monday, extending his stay at the club until 2027.

The Greek international has made a total of 61 appearances for the Reds, mostly playing second fiddle to Andrew Robertson.

Jurgen Klopp has preferred to start Tsimikas in most of Liverpool’s cup games since the last season. The defender’s best moment at Liverpool came in their FA Cup final penalty shootout against Chelsea in 2022.

Tsimikas converted the Reds’ last penalty as they defeated Chelsea 6-5. Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, the 27-year-old revealed that was the first spot-kick of his entire career.

“It will be the best moment for me because it was something I never did in my life,” he said.

“It was the first penalty I ever shot, I was really stressed as I remember! But as I said, I felt the fans were very desperate for this cup [and] us also because we did quite well in every competition.

“We did [nearly] perfectly in every competition, so for me it was obligatory to score the penalty and win this trophy for the club.”

Tsimikas started for Liverpool in their first Europa League game of the season against LASK. Next up, the Reds will take on Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.