Kostas Tsimikas believes the desire to be Liverpool’s best player is a driving force behind the ongoing contribution of Jurgen Klopp’s fringe squad members.
The Reds continued their quest for a quadruple when they beat Premier League strugglers Norwich City 2-1 at Anfield in their FA Cup fifth round tie on Wednesday.
Tsimikas had a hand in both goals from Takumi Minamino as one of 10 changes from the side that started the draining Carabao Cup final triumph against Chelsea at Wembley three days earlier.
And the Greece international has pointed to how those who are not regulars are ready to contribute as Liverpool chase an unprecedented trophy haul.
“Taki us an unbelievable player,” said Tsimikas. “But we saw every player, no matter when they play, they are ready, this is 100% true.
“We are hungry for that. We will always play for the win, we give everything no matter who is playing, this is our mentality and team spirit.
“We go for it, no matter who is playing they give everything to win.”
Tsimikas added: “Liverpool is for me the best club in the world. When I play I give absolutely everything.
“When they give me the chance, I want to be the best player and I think that’s the same for all the boys.
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“The crowd one more time was unbelievable. I enjoy a lot playing in front of them. We can only say big thanks, it was a full stadium again and we made them happy with the win.
“Now we have the next game against West Ham and we have to go for the win.”
Liverpool were in control against Norwich until Lukas Rupp pulled a goal back with 14 minutes remaining, and were indebted to a fine save from Alisson Becker to deny substitute Jonathan Rowe an equaliser.
And Tsimikas, speaking to LFC TV, said: “Ali is a world class goalkeeper. He shows it in every game we play. We didn’t concede the goal because that’s why we have Ali, for these situations. Congratulations to him.
“It was very, very tough for us, a very tense game. The boys gave absolutely everything. But we deserved this win.
“For this team, every competition is very important, no matter if we play in the Carabao Cup or FA Cup, we play for the same goal. We want to win the trophy.”