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Report: Nathaniel Clyne officially ends five-year Anfield spell

According to BBC Sport, Liverpool full-back Nathaniel Clyne has officially departed the club following a five-year spell at Anfield.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – JULY 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during a training session on July 17, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The former England international’s contract with the Reds officially expired on July 1, which leaves Clyne without a club until the conclusion of the extended season.

Clyne, 29, joined Liverpool from Southampton back in 2015 for a £12.5 million [BBC] fee and clocked up 105 appearances for the Reds during his Anfield tenure.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Nathaniel Clyne and Nathaniel Clyne of Bournemouth following a joint press conference at Vitality Stadium on January 11, 2019 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

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The full-back was an immediate hit on Merseyside and quickly established himself as the club’s first-choice right-back for a good two full seasons.

However, Clyne’s Liverpool career took a major trajectory after he suffered a serious back-injury during the club’s 2017 pre-season camp which left him out until March 2018.

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This suddenly paved the way for a certain home-grown prospect known as Trent Alexander-Arnold – and well, the rest is history.

The Liverpool academy graduate seized his opportunity with both hands as Clyne fell down the pecking order and was forced to reconsider his future.

In the 2018/19 season, Clyne was subject to just one Liverpool appearance (Manchester United)  before the Englishman was loaned at to Bournemouth, which at the time seemed a controversial decision considering the club’s limited full-back options following an injury to Joe Gomez.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND – JULY 11: (THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tranmere and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 11, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool resisted attempting to lure Clyne to signing a short deal which could have given the club greater value for his departure but instead, both parties were happy to part ways.

For Clyne, his time on Merseyside will be remembered fondly following a spell that was ultimately plagued by injury before being usurped by a local teenager who would quickly establish himself into the best right-back in world football.

Clyne’s departure leaves Klopp’s still with a number of solutions at right-back with Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams both graduating through Alex Inglethorpe’s impressive academy system. James Milner and Fabinho have both also demonstrated that the midfield duo are more than capable of deputising as well.

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