Kostas Tsimikas received a rude welcoming during his Liverpool debut on Saturday after James Milner hilariously voiced his frustration at the club’s newest signing.
The Greek full-back, who joined the club in a £11.75million deal earlier this month, was sent on in the second half during the 3-0 win over Stuttgart as Jurgen Klopp made wholesale changes at the break.
And while Tsimikas put in a decent performance against the German side, he was on the end of Milner’s foul-mouthed outburst when he failed to return the ball to the Reds’ skipper.
First appearance for Liverpool
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.’
It was a small reminder to the Greek defender just what level is expected of him as he begins life at the Premier League champions.
However, the 24-year-old managed to brush the moment off and enjoy 45 minutes with his new team-mates.
‘I feel very good, I’m very happy I did my debut,’ he told the club’s official website after the match. ‘Now I want to work more and to play more often in the league games. I want to be ready for everything.
‘The friendly games are difficult. First of all we have to be fit, that’s why I tried to run a lot first of all; to show a good image and play hard.
‘And the result is the most important [thing], even in the friendly games and the competitive games.’
Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Rhian Brewster all got on the scoresheet on Saturday as the Reds got their double-header of matches underway before their RB Leipzig friendly early next week.