Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side maintain their 100% start to the new Premier League season last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their encounter with Leicester City on Saturday having got past West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Brighton in their opening three league games, in which time they didn’t concede a goal. And while they were far from their best at the King Power Stadium at the weekend, they got the job done thanks to first half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, as although Rachid Ghezzal got one back for the Foxes after the break, it wasn’t enough to deny Liverpool a fourth straight victory.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been looking back on the first few weeks of the campaign, and thus wondering what the future may hold for some of those players that haven’t featured too regularly so far.
And one man who certainly falls into that bracket is right back Nathaniel Clyne, but such have been his efforts for both club and country over the years, he simply should not be happy playing second-fiddle at Anfield.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old made the move to Merseyside back in 2014 as one of the most consistent right backs in the Premier League following his time at Southampton, during which time he earned the first of his 14 England caps.
In fact, the former Crystal Palace defender became a regular in the Three Lions set-up between 2014 and 2016 to underline his status as one of the best and most effective full backs in the country, but a back injury he sustained in pre-season last year has cost him big time.
The 27-year-old didn’t make a single appearance for the Reds last term until the start of April in their 0-0 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby, and in that time while he was on the sidelines, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold were making names for themselves while deputising for the Englishman.
And with the latter performing so well to the point that he made it into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup, Clyne faces a huge battle reclaiming his place in Klopp’s team – in fact, Alexander-Arnold now appears to be the number one choice in that position.
And while Clyne may well like the challenge of trying to dispose the 19-year-old from the starting eleven, he cannot afford to spend the whole season on the substitute’s bench – after all, he was one of the country’s best right backs just a matter of years ago.
And if he still harbours ambitions of getting back to that level, and thus returning to the England set-up, he has to be playing regular first team football, and as such simply cannot be happy with playing second-fiddle at Anfield.
The beginning of the Champions League group stages may well force Klopp into rotating his squad, and thus Clyne may get the chance to prove his worth once again, but were things to continue as they are, the right back may need to put himself in the shop window come the New Year.
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