Poor Nathaniel Clyne…
Work on your trade all your life, mastering the art of balancing the offensive and defensive duties required of a modern fullback, only for James Milner to come along and make it look simple!
Our right-back, currently injured with a knee problem, has been speaking about the ease in which his team-mate has transitioned from right-midfielder to left-back.
Jurgen Klopp decided not to buy an out and out replacement for Alberto Moreno in the summer and instead use Milner there, which at first, received a catalogue of negative feedback.
But Milner’s proving his manager right.
“He seems to make it look easy! I’ve trained my whole career to be a full-back and he comes in and makes it look easy,” joked Clyne to the Echo. “He’s enjoying it and also getting on the scoresheet.
In terms of a fullback combination, we’re not sure we’d swap Clyne and Milner for any pair in the country right now. Arsenal’s Spaniards are strong, as are Tottenham’s Englishman – but Clyne and Milner seem to have the balance just right.
They’re experienced, disciplined and have superb levels of fitness. Both have registered an assist this term, while Milner’s the third top scorer in the country with four goals!
Hopefully Clyne can get fully fit for the Manchester United clash, as we’re note sure that’d be the best game to bring Moreno back into.