Our in-form right-back Nathaniel Clyne has said he doesn’t feel like he needs a break, and is relishing a return to his former club in this evening’s League Cup quarter-final.
“I’m feeling good” he told the Echo. “I’m young, I’m fit and healthy, and always up for playing games. I enjoy playing and the more games I play, the better I feel”.
Clyne, who we signed from the Saints in a £12.5 million deal during the summer, has impressed during his short time with the club.
He has missed just one match in all competitions since his move, as Rodgers dropped him for the opening Europa League game away at Bordeaux in mid-September.
The 24-year-old played in the semi-final stage for Palace a couple of years ago, but hopes of silverware were dashed as the Eagles lost to Cardiff.
“It would be great to go further [than with Palace]. We’re in good form and we want to keep that run going. We’ve just got to keep on putting in performances. Beating some of the best teams definitely gives us the confidence that we can go all the way”.
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Clyne’s comments will give Klopp a dilemma. The German is presumably desperate to progress in the tournament and keep the season bubbling along nicely, but will be wary of damaging our league form just as we’re starting to find some momentum.
Having recently seen Henderson and Sturridge return from long-term injuries, and with the likes of Ings, Flanagan, Sakho, and Gomez all missing for the foreseeable future, it’s vital that we don’t end up with more players on the treatment table – especially if they result from what is ultimately a low-priority competition.
Should we risk playing Clyne to maximise our chances of progression, or give one of our U21s a chance to prove themselves? Let us know!