Jurgen Klopp is delighted to have Nathaniel Clyne back almost available.
The England international has not played a game this season due to a back injury, but he’s in full training and could be ready for selection in our next fixture against West Ham on the 24th.
In his absence though, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez have done excellently, and there’s no guarantee Clyne will walk back into the side ahead of our push for the top four and Champions League.
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Like he has with Adam Lallana, we reckon Klopp will ease Clyne back very gently – especially due to the form of the youngsters occupying his position.
“Clyney obviously missed football! He loves it! It was a long time; it’s crazy how long it was and nobody could have imagined that, but it’s good [to have him back],” Klopp told the official website.
“All three can’t play, unfortunately! With the full-backs it’s always a little bit [difficult] and also who can play in another position as well. It’s quite specialist – so you either play or you’re not really involved. Clyney needs a little bit of time, that’s true, but [he looks] very good.
“Trent did what he did and it’s the first time he’s started three games in a row – I don’t think he thought he could do that. At Southampton, I thought maybe he was a little bit on the edge, but we had no other opportunity [to change] so we had to do it again [at Porto] and he did fantastic.
“It’s always like this, you need to be challenge and then you can see it and say, ‘I’m ready for that’. It was good to see.
“Joe is a very important player for us and good that he is back.
“You can see Clyney is just a really good football player and when he’s fully fit, we will have a comfortable situation in that position.”