Report: Nathaniel Clyne to begin training with Crystal Palace
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Report: Nathaniel Clyne to begin training with Crystal Palace

Nathaniel Clyne will train with Crystal Palace in the hope of securing a contract following his release by Liverpool earlier this summer, claim The Athletic.

Clyne, 29, was an academy graduate at Palace before leaving Selhurst Park to link up with Southampton. He followed up a stint at St Mary’s by moving to Anfield in 2015 in which the former England international enjoyed a five-year spell on Merseyside.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 25, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

He was due to report at Palace’s training complex on Thursday morning and will spend two weeks with his former club before a decision is made in regards to a permanent deal.

Roy Hodgson would benefit from additional defensive cover with summer signing Nathan Ferguson still recovering from a knee injury.

It was Hodgson who handed Clyne his international debut for England back in November 2014 following a 3-1 victory over Slovenia.

Clyne left Liverpool as a free agent back in June following a number of lingering injury issues including a knee injury sustained during a pre-season friendly in the United States against Borussia Dortmund which effectively ruled him out for the entirety of last season.

His final competitive Liverpool appearance came almost two years ago during a 5-1 victory against Arsenal in December 2019. Clyne’s only start under Jurgen Klopp in the previous two seasons took place during a 3-1 win against Manchester United that same month.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Romelu Lukaku of Everton takes on Dejan Lovren (L), Emre Can (2R) and Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool (R) during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

His importance to Liverpool should not be overlooked

Capped 14 times for England, Clyne still has a lot to offer considering he will only turn 30 at the end of this season. He has 359 professional appearances at club level and has proven himself a versatile option at full-back considering he can operate on either side.

Clyne played a significant role under Klopp during the 2016/17 season which has been pivotal in the Reds’ recent success given it was the year Liverpool finally broke back into the Champions League. He started in all but one of the club’s 38 PL fixtures that campaign.

Palace previously benefited from a £2.5 million sell-on clause following Clyne’s £12.5 million [BBC] arrival at Liverpool five years ago. He was a mainstay in the team under both Brendan Rodgers and Klopp before ongoing injury setbacks opened up a spot in the team for a certain Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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