Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury while on tour with The Reds in the US.
The club confirmed on Wednesday evening that Clyne picked up the serious injury in Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.
Clyne has already returned to Melwood to begin his rehabilitation process from the ACL injury which could keep him out from anything between six to nine months.
The former Southampton defender had looked to be in great shape during Liverpool’s preseason friendlies, even bagging an excellent goal to open the scoring in the Reds’ 6-0 win at Tranmere earlier this month.
Clyne spent the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth so it was unclear how much of a future he had at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp. However, speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, the manager disclosed his disappointment at losing his second-choice right-back to injury.
“What can I say other than how gutted we all are for Clyney. He was training and playing so well – he was in outstanding shape,” said Klopp.
Clyne was one of several Liverpool signings to come from Southampton in recent years. He moved to Anfield in the summer of 2015 and spent his first two seasons as Liverpool’s regular right-back.
Things changed in 2017 for Clyne with the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold from Liverpool’s youth setup.
He has played second fiddle to the excellent Alexander-Arnold since then, getting very limited gametime at the club.
If Liverpool had signed a new full-back for the squad this summer then Clyne would almost certainly have been on his way out of the club. Yet, The Reds’ inactivity in the transfer market means that Clyne could possibly have stayed on to act as Alexander-Arnold’s cover for 2019/20.
Now, though, it will most likely be January at the earliest before Clyne is back in training.
It’s unclear if Klopp had played Clyne over the summer to ‘put him in the transfer window’ or if he genuinely felt he had a part to play in the coming season. It was quite possibly the former, though.
Still only 28, Clyne can come back from this ACL injury and have a relatively successful career somewhere. It just looks like it certainly won’t be at Liverpool anymore.