Liverpool player explains why he hurried back to the club ahead of facing Manchester City

Liverpool defender Kostas Tsimikas has revealed that he had to return early from the Greece squad because of Saturday’s early kick-off against Man City.

City will host Liverpool at the Etihad in title race decisive game on Saturday by 12:30pm.

Explaining his reason for an early return to Anfield, Tsimikas told the official Liverpool website: “I could not play in the game against France because if I should take a yellow card, I would not play in the [play-off] games in March, which are more important than the one against France.

“I decided to come back earlier to the team, to be with the squad, to train with the team, to be more ready.

“It was my decision and this is what I wanted to do because, as everybody knows, most of the time we play 12.30 after the international break and even the players who played far, they didn’t come yet, they come probably one day, two days before the game.

“So for me, I think it was a very good chance to come earlier to be with the team and to train hard.”