Liverpool were able to overcome the challenge of Manchester United over the weekend after beating their rivals 3-1 in a Premier League victory that has resulted in the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
A brace from substitute Xherdan Shaqiri and a well-taken finish by Sadio Mane in the first half secured all three points for the Reds on the day with manager Jurgen Klopp pleased with the performance of his two goalscorers.
But as well as the goal-scoring duo, the German had also been left impressed with the display of Nathaniel Clyne.
“Clyney is a high-class player,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official club website after the game. “He didn’t play for a while, that’s true, he was injured and we had other options in the position. That’s how life sometimes is, it’s not really fair but it was the situation.
“But he trained most of the time without any complaints. In the last two to two-and-a-half weeks he had a couple of problems, but he’s available now. He’s fine.”
As touched on by Klopp, £18m-rated (Transfermarkt) Clyne has had his injuries at Anfield since arriving from Southampton back in 2015 while the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold has meant game time for the 27-year-old has been limited when he has been fit.
However, it is important to remember that before all of his injury troubles, Clyne was one of the leading right-backs in the country.
Considering that and how he performed in the Manchester United game, the England international can still make a significant contribution to Liverpool this season.