Jurgen Klopp is encouraged by Nathaniel Clyne’s return to full team training and is looking forward to having more depth at right back when he returns.
The Englishman suffered a serious back injury which has kept him from appearing in a single competitive fixture for Liverpool this season, with only his appearance for the Reds coming during pre-season against Tranmere Rovers.
Despite his absence, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez have filled in excellently but Klopp will be looking forward to having Clyne back to flank Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip in defence.
The English fullback is a great defender despite his obvious offensive drawbacks and with Liverpool looking to improve at the back, his will be a welcome return.
Speaking about how the no.2 performed in his first session in Marbella, Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “Clyney obviously missed football! He loves it! It was a long time; it’s crazy how long it was and nobody could have imagined that, but it’s good [to have him back].
“All three can’t play, unfortunately! With the full-backs, it’s always a little bit [difficult] and also who can play in another position as well. It’s quite specialist – so you either play or you’re not really involved. Clyney needs a little bit of time, that’s true, but [he looks] very good.
“Trent did what he did and it’s the first time he’s started three games in a row – I don’t think he thought he could do that. At Southampton, I thought maybe he was a little bit on the edge, but we had no other opportunity [to change] so we had to do it again [at Porto] and he did fantastic.”
Klopp continued: “It’s always like this, you need to be challenged and then you can see it and say, ‘I’m ready for that’. It was good to see.
“Joe is a very important player for us and good that he is back.
“You can see Clyney is just a really good football player and when he’s fully fit, we will have a comfortable situation in that position.”