Liverpool’s FA Cup shootout winner, Kostas Tsimikas has explained why he became part of the players to take penalties.
He said that the penalty that clinched the trophy for the Reds was the first of his career.
The Greek fullback came off the bench during the extra time and proved to be an unexpected match-winner.
He said he personally asked the manager to allow him take the 7th penalty after the game had gone to penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes.
But the penalty shootout did not last long as it was in the Carabao Cup, with Mason Mount missing Chelsea’s seventh attempt, allowing Tsimikas to send Edouard Mendy the wrong way and slot home the winner.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Tsimikas said” “Yeah it was very very stressful but I tried to calm down myself to try to be focused and to shoot the ball in the right side.
“I went [on] because Robbo [Andy Robertson] had the cramps.
“It’s very, very special for me. The manager asked me what number I wanted. I say number seven.
“He asked me why so far? I say I want number seven and it gave me a good opportunity to score. I choose the right side and I scored. And I am very happy with that.”