Why is Nathaniel Clyne irritated with James Milner?

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Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England.
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Nathaniel Clyne has revealed what Jurgen Klopp calls him, as well as his irritation with James Milner.

You could argue that Liverpool has the league’s best right back in Nathaniel Clyne. The Englishman moved to Merseyside for £12.5 million pounds in 2015 and has been one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp’s team-sheet since the German’s arrival a year ago.

Liverpool has been made a mockery of by Southampton in the past with deals for Lovren, Lallana and Mane costing the club over 80 million quid. In Clyne, however, the Reds scored an absolute bargain.

Klopp has a nickname for the right-back which aptly describes his nature.

“The manager has called me a machine in the past,” he said, according to the Liverpool Echo.

“I’m not entirely sure why, it’s probably because I play in loads of games and rarely get injured or come off with knocks.

“All I try and do is my best for the team and try not to complain about anything.”

Liverpool may have an absolute pearl in Clyne at right-back, but the situation at left-back is far from ideal.

James Milner has played as Liverpool’s left-back in every Premier League game this season, bar the 4-3 victory over Arsenal on the opening day of the season. The reason for this is that Alberto Moreno put in one of the worst defensive displays of his career on Merseyside.

While Clyne is pleased for Milner, he admits to a bit of irritation at the ease with which Milner has adapted to fullback.

Clyne continued,  “He seems to make it look easy! I’ve trained my whole career to be a full-back and he comes in and makes it look easy! He’s enjoying it and also getting on the scoresheet.

“He’s a very experienced professional – every team needs a James Milner in their side. He can play in any position.”

Clyne aggravated a knee injury that he had been carrying for two weeks against Swansea City on the weekend. The hope is that he will return in time for the crunch clash with Manchester United on the 17th of October.

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