According to Liverpool correspondent for ESPN Glenn Price on Twitter, Liverpool have been dealt the double blow as to their right-backs.
The news emerged yesterday that Trent Alexander-Arnold will be out for a number of weeks with a knee injury, however, The Reds have no recall option on Nathaniel Clyne’s loan to Bournemouth.
Liverpool let the 27-year-old move to The Cherries at the beginning of January, as he had barely featured this season behind the 20-year-old Alexander-Arnold. However, this was always going to be a risk, as the club had no backup for the youngster. The injury has simply highlighted how much of a risk it was to let Clyne leave.
However, this could not have come at a worse time, as The Reds are already going through a difficult period with regards to their centre-backs. Manager Jürgen Klopp had to field midfielder Fabinho alongside Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the Liverpool defence last week due to the number of injuries. Now that there is no real right-back, the German may need to field James Milner in that position.
Of course, Milner has frequently played as a left-back for Liverpool in previous seasons, and has even played as a right-back this season. He is capable and will surely do a good job. But the prospect of having two midfielders in the defence for Liverpool leaves them looking very vulnerable indeed. They still have a four-point lead over Man City in the title race, but during this testing period, that will seem like nothing to Klopp.