• Salah is 3 strikes away from registering 100 Premier League goals
  • Tsimikas is Liverpool's current left-back in Robertson's absence
  • He has developed a close friendship with Salah

Liverpool FC's left-back Kostas Tsimikas has opened up about his friendship with teammate Mo Salah, who is two strikes away from registering 100 goals in the Premier League. Salah could net the milestone goal in the Premier League when Liverpool host his former club Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday.

The Egyptian forward started his Premier League career at Chelsea in 2014. He spent less than two seasons with The Blues, making 19 competitive appearances for the Stamford Bridge side before moving to Italy.

Salah switched from Roma to Liverpool in the summer of 2017 and since then, he has arguably been the best player on the Anfield side. Across his stints with Chelsea and Liverpool, Salah scored 98 goals along with 40 assists in as many as 160 matches in the Premier League.

Liverpool's Egypt star Mohamed Salah
Liverpool's Egypt star Mohamed Salah AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS

The 29-year-old forward is once again in great form as he has scored one goal and provided two assists in Liverpool's opening two league games. One can expect the Egypt national to be on the goal sheet Saturday.

Liverpool are currently without their regular left-back Andy Robertson, who suffered an ankle ligament injury during his side's club-friendly fixture against Athletic Bilbao at the start of the month. In his absence, Greek defender Tsimikas has been the Reds left-back for their league matches against Norwich City and Burnley and is expected to start once again against Chelsea.

Tsimikas, who is only the second Greek to play for Liverpool, joined the Merseyside club last summer. He has developed a close friendship with the club's superstar Salah.

Speaking about his bond with the Egyptian national, Tsimikas said, "We’ve been very good friends from day one. He tries to help me with everything I ask him about, he’s a very good guy. We spend a lot of time in the training ground and have fun. He’s a really honest guy and that’s what I like about him."

Even though Robertson's absence is a blow to Liverpool, it could be a great opportunity for Tsimikas, who made a total of just two Premier League appearances in his maiden season with The Reds in 2020-21.

"He’s [Salah] a goal machine. He’s phenomenal because to score easily like him is something nobody can do. He works a lot. I always see him in the gym or on the pitch. We stay together at training and even practice free-kicks," added Tsimikas.