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Liverpool penalty hero Kostas Tsimikas reveals it was his ‘first one’ and pleads with Mohamed Salah to stay after FA Cup triumph over Chelsea

FA Cup shootout hero Kostas Tsimikas has informed talkSPORT his penalty that clinched the trophy for Liverpool was the primary of his profession.

The Greek fullback was an extra-time substitute for Jurgen Klopp, and proved to be an sudden match-winner.

Tsimikas sent Mendy the wrong way

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Tsimikas despatched Mendy the unsuitable means

And then the celebrations began

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After which the celebrations started

The sport had gone to penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes, after which the spot kicks themselves even reached sudden dying.

However they didn’t final for much longer than that, with Mason Mount lacking Chelsea’s seventh try, permitting Tsimikas to ship Edouard Mendy the unsuitable means and slot house the winner.

Talking to talkSPORT after his heroics, Tsimikas mentioned: “Yeah it was like very very nerve-racking however I attempted to settle down myself to attempt to be targeted and to shoot the ball in the fitting facet. 

“I went [on] as a result of Robbo [Andy Robertson] had the cramps. 

“At the end [Klopp] asked me which number I want, I said to him seven, I thought maybe he wanted to put me earlier but it was the number I chose from the start and I’m very very glad for that.”

The 26-year-old former Olympiacos defender confirmed no indicators of his obvious stress as he received the sport, however then revealed it was the primary penalty of his profession.

You’d have never guessed, but it was the Greek’s first penalty

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You’d have by no means guessed, but it surely was the Greek’s first penalty


“No it was only the first one and maybe I will shoot more often now,” he mentioned.

Liverpool nonetheless have the prospect to win an unprecedented quadruple this season, by including the Premier League and Champions League to their FA Cup and League Cup victories.

Manchester Metropolis look like closing out the title, however with Actual Madrid nonetheless to play in Paris, Tsimikas mentioned one more trophy is a large for momentum forward of his facet’s last three video games.

“Yeah of course it’s a very very big boost,” he mentioned. “For us we received immediately the trophy however tomorrow is the subsequent day. 

Tsimikas is hoping for even more trophies

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Tsimikas is hoping for much more trophies

“We have to be focused again to control ourselves and we have two very very important games and then we go again in the Champions League final.”

Affectionately dubbed the ‘Greek Scouser’ by the Anfield devoted, a part of Tsimikas’ vibrant begin in England is all the way down to his relationship along with his teammates, and specifically, Mohamed Salah.

The left-back was requested about Salah’s early substitution and harm, in addition to the star ahead’s future on the membership.

He mentioned: “I feel Mo could be very very sensible, I feel he went out early. 

Tsimikas quelled fears over Salah’s injury

Tsimikas quelled fears over Salah’s harm

And the left back then talked up his good friend

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And the left again then talked up his good pal

“I mentioned to him, as a result of we spoke earlier than he says it’s not one thing vital and I’m wanting ahead to seeing him once more within the last.

“I would like him to remain, I mentioned to him what I would like but it surely’s not solely about me it’s about him and the membership, I can’t do anything I all the time attempt to get pleasure from each second with him. 

“First of all I don’t want to speak about how good a player he is. I want to speak about how good a person he is. He’s one of the best people I’ve met in football and I want to keep this relationship for long.”

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