Right back Nathaniel Clyne is a major doubt for Liverpool Football Club’s Premier League opening day trip to Watford.
Nathaniel Clyne is a major doubt for Liverpool’s opening day trip to Watford.
The Reds’ right back has been struggling with a hamstring and back complaint since the 4-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers to kick off pre-season but it was hoped he would recover in time at least for the start of the Premier League season. No such luck it seems.
The Liverpool ECHO report that while his hamstring injury is on the mend, his back complaints have not subsided and he is set to be a definite absentee when the Reds take on Bayern Munich and one of Atletico Madrid/Napoli in the Audi Cup on August 1/2.
Unfortunately, he is also looking increasingly likely to make way for Trent Alexander-Arnold when kick off on August 12th comes around.
This will come as huge news for Alexander-Arnold who if selected will make only his third top flight start as a Liverpool player – his full Premier League debut came when he was thrown in the deep end without a life jacket back in January at Old Trafford.
Klopp does have other options at right back – Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan both have operated in the position during preseason while James Milner could always switch over from the left to accommodate Andy Robertson or Alberto Moreno – but Clyne’s absence still comes as a huge blow given how much of a constant he’s been for the German these last two seasons.
The Englishman has made 93 appearances since he joined the club in 2015, scoring two goals and while question marks remain over his effectiveness going forward, there is no denying he is the best all round full back at Liverpool Football Club.