Nathaniel Clyne might just have to play every game this season, it seems.
Now, his backup Connor Randall has picked up a muscle problem and is unavailable for Liverpool’s clash with Rubin Kazan tonight in the Europa League, Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference, cited in the Echo.
“On Tuesday Connor Randall had a problem. I’m not sure what the problem is. It’s something to do with a muscle. He wasn’t good so he couldn’t travel,” the boss said.
The 20-year-old has regularly been on the bench, as he’s naturally a right-back, and made his debut in our League Cup fixture with Bournemouth.
He wasn’t exceptional by any means, but that’s no reason to rule out the possibility of him improving and becoming a valuable squad player in the future.
The lack of depth at fullback is actually quite worrying, and surely something Klopp will be looking to fix in January. Until Jon Flanagan returns, we only have Clyne at right-back and Alberto Moreno at left-back – with Jose Enrique seemingly fazed out of any potential first-team return.
A decent right-back to challenge Clyne is probably a necessity – especially considering the amount of running he’s expected to do under Klopp.