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Question Number: 35073

Other 8/20/2023

RE: Adult

Bob Siddle of Harrogate, England asks...

Not really a 'law' question, but I do not know where else to ask.

At Anfield ( LFC v Bournemouth ) Tsimikas came on as a substitute, but he did nor replace Robertson, was this a first, and therefore the only time the 2 of them have been on the pitch together?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Bob
Probably only Liverpool aficionados could give a definitive answer to that one.
Much as been written about the competition between Tsimikas v Robertson for the left back position yet it never really works out like that due to injuries etc and it is a squad game.
In a fully fit squad Robertson has been first choice left back. For the record it appears that Tsimikas has played 37 times for Liverpool since signing in 2020 and I suspect that many of those has been in the League and FA Cups and covering for Robertson when injured.

So every chance it may have been the first time both were on the field together

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Bob,
I'm sorry but I also couldn't tell you whether these two players have played together before. I think you would need either a Liverpool aficionado (as my colleague ref McHugh has suggested) or a football statistician to give you that information.

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