Jurgen Klopp says that long-term injury concern Nathaniel Clyne is close to a return after the Englishman was named in Liverpool’s squad for the Champions League knockouts.
Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been Jurgen Klopp’s right backs this season as a back injury has kept Nathaniel Clyne out of action since August. He suffered the injury in pre-season and has been missing ever since.
Klop has named the former Southampton defender in his squad for the remainder of this season’s Champions League tournament, with it obvious that Clyne is close to a return to action.
Speaking during his pre-Spurs press conference at Melwood training ground, Klopp offered an update on Clyne’s fitness.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure with Clyney, [he] is still not in team training but he is as close [as he has been] since the summer,” Klopp told reporters.
“He’s on a really good way, close to being back in team training but, how you can imagine, when you are that long out then it will probably take quite a while to be ready to play.
“I think we need to at least go one round further so that Clyney can be involved, there’s no chance for him in the next round against Porto. So I hope he will make an impact.”
Clyne last featured for Liverpool in the Reds’ first game of pre-season against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in July, 7 months ago.
Klopp continued: “At the end, it’s always a hard decision, they [Clyne and Ings] were really hard in the summer.
“I didn’t know exactly if Clyney would be fit earlier, so it could have been he was fit in November but not in the Champions League squad, which would have been harsh for him for sure, as it was for Danny.
“I’m happy that they are now in the squad and that we could react to a few things.”