If there was one player you’d have suggested at the start of the summer was a practical certainty to stay at Liverpool, it could well have been Nathaniel Clyne.
The right-back only arrived from Southampton last year and was a model of consistency during his debut campaign. While many Liverpool fans want Alberto Moreno upgraded at left-back, supporters are generally happy with right-back Clyne…
So it seems strange that the Sunday Times, cited by the Express, claim that La Liga champions Barcelona were offered Clyne by Liverpool as a long-term replacement for legendary Brazilian Dani Alves.
According to their report, Clyne is unhappy at Liverpool due to his ‘squad status’ (whatever that means), and we made him available to Europe’s elite as a result.
Why Liverpool would offer Clyne around, we simply cannot understand. It’s imperative we keep our best players, and in Clyne, we’ve finally got a right-back who can defend after years of watching Glen Johnson mistakes cost us points.
And why would Clyne be unhappy? He’s a guaranteed starter and plays for one of the country’s biggest sides after previously plying his trade for Crystal Palace and Southampton. For us, the story makes no sense.