Milner left raging as he SLAPS Tsimikas for giving away the ball

James Milner is left raging as he SLAPS Kostas Tsimikas for giving away the ball on the edge of the box in win at Norwich… and Liverpool star has previous after screaming ‘f***ing hell’ at Greek ace during pre-season

  • Kostas Tsimikas was thrust into Liverpool’s side with Andy Robertson injured
  • Handed his Premier League debut, the Greek left back largely impressed
  • He had a scare when giving the ball away on the edge of his own penalty area
  • James Milner shouted at his team-mate before giving him a slap to wake up 

Kostas Tsimikas was once again given the James Milner treatment as the veteran midfielder was caught slapping his Liverpool team-mate during a 3-0 win at Norwich. 

Liverpool appeared back to their free-flowing best and put on a brilliant display to sweep Norwich aside at Carrow Road. 

But when Premier League debutant Tsimikas, in for the injured Andy Robertson at left back, gave the ball away on the edge of his own area, Milner was furious.  

James Milner (right) was seen raging at team-mate Kostas Tsimikas in the win at Norwich

Tsimikas gave the ball away on the edge of his own box and Milner gave him a quick slap

The veteran midfielder was keen to ensure the Reds’ Premier League debutant knows the level

The chance eventually came to nothing, Norwich unable to capitalise, but Milner wanted to make sure the Greek defender knew exactly the kind of high standards expected at Liverpool.

Tsimikas is seen taking too long to pick out a pass and a high press sees him robbed of the ball before the eventual effort is sent high over Alisson’s bar.

He appears disappointed with his lapse in concentration as he heads up the pitch but not before he has Milner ringing in his ears.

The 35-year-old races over, shouts at Tsimikas in a bid to liven him up before clipping him on the side of the head.  

Tsimikas (centre) was thrust into the line-up with Andy Robertson ruled out through injury

It is not the first time Milner has taken aim at Tsimikas, acting like an older brother to the Greek defender.

Tsimikas put in a decent performance against Stuttgart last summer in pre-season as he made his debut for Liverpool.

But nonetheless he was still on the end of Milner’s foul-mouthed outburst when he failed to return the ball to the Reds’ skipper. 

Having received the ball on the left from the veteran midfielder, Tsimikas opted not to play the one-two with Milner, who made a darting run down the wing.

As Tsimikas played the ball safe to Takumi Minamino instead, an irritated Milner can be heard saying: ‘Ah Kostas! F***ing hell.’

The Greek full-back joined the club in a £11.75million deal in August 2020 to provide competition for Robertson at left back.

Jurgen Klopp was pleased with how the Greek defender got on in helping keep a clean sheet

Despite Milner’s rather aggressive approach, Klopp was pleased with how Tsimikas fared on his Premier League debut. 

‘Very good, very good,’ Klopp said of Tsimikas’ display.

‘I would say for at least 80 minutes very good, played good, was involved in all the offensive stuff, defended well. Then obviously someone pulled the plug a little bit! 

‘That’s normal after that long period, so it was a really good debut. 

‘From the start in an away game, he played a really good game.’

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