Nathaniel Clyne named in Liverpool’s Champions League squad

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Liverpool have added Nathaniel Clyne, Virgil van Dijk and Danny Ings to their squad for the remainder of the 2017/18 Champions League season.

After being ruled out with injury in pre-season, Nathaniel Clyne has made a positive recovery and will be a part of Liverpool’s Champions League campaign from here on out.

The Englishman is a great defender, despite the fact that a large number of supporters don’t fancy him and would rather see either Joe Gomez or Trent Alexander-Arnold given an opportunity.

Clyne’s return to the Reds’ backline could signal a much-needed boost at the back, with Jurgen Klopp still seeking defensive stability after conceding three against West Brom in the FA Cup last week.

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Although Clyne has been named in Liverpool’s squad for the Champions League, it still remains unclear if he will be available for selection when the Reds travel to Portugal to take on Porto in the round of 16.

After his £75 million move from Southampton to Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk has also been named in Klopp’s squad for Europe. The Dutchman will be a massive boost to the Reds’ chances of progression to the latter stages of the tournament.

Not only does van Dijk offer much-needed leadership and organisation at the back, the no.4 is a threat in the opposition box and as he proved on his debut against Everton, he could win games for Liverpool when it counts.

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After successfully fighting his way back from injury and proving his fitness to Klopp, Danny Ings has also been named in the squad. Although I would love nothing more than for the former Burnley man to score the winner against Barcelona in the final, I don’t see Ings as a player who will help Liverpool win the Champions League.

While Clyne, van Dijk and Ings have been added to the club’s Champions League squad list, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Marko Grujic and Jon Flanagan have been removed as they all left on transfer in January either permanently or on a temporary basis.

Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.


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