Kostas Tsimikas who confirmed he was a fan of Liverpool believes he has joined “the biggest club in the world” after completing his £11.75m move to Liverpool from Olympiakos.
The 24-year-old joined the Premier League champions on a five-year contract and is expected to provide not just cover but competition for Andy Robertson.
“I’m very happy, I’m very proud to be here,” Tsimikas says.
“It’s an honour to be here and I will give my best. For me, [it’s] the biggest club in the world.”
“The league here, I like a lot. I watch it on the TV and it was always one dream I had from when I was a kid to come to play in this league and to come through.”
Tsimikas, who now becomes Liverpool’s first summer signing, says his brother made him support Liverpool as a child.
The Red’s first choice was Norwich defender Jamal Lewis but opted out after they didn’t meet the Championship club’s valuation of the Northern Ireland left-back.
Watch Kostas Tsimikas introduction as a Liverpool player
Tsimikas made his debut for Greek champions, Olympiakos, in 2015 and went on to make 86 appearances for the side in all competitions. He has also been capped on three occasions for the Greece national side.
He featured 27 times in the league last season and earned his first major silverware as Olympiakos won the Greek title.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says: “We have watched Kostas for a long time and are really happy that he has joined us. It’s the perfect news before we come back together very soon.
“He is a very good footballer with an attitude to win and to compete, and I really like his mentality. It fits perfectly with the mood and the desire we have in our dressing room already.
“Kostas knows from personal experience what is required to challenge and succeed domestically and in the Champions League, and he is ambitious for more – just like us.”