Liverpool: 5 players for Jurgen Klopp to sell this summer

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3. Nathaniel Clyne

Now upon first thought, I would’ve gone on to talk about Shaqiri here.

However, I believe the topic of the Swiss winger has been thoroughly covered by Kian Long, whose article you can read, here.

Instead, let’s discuss Nathaniel Clyne. Another player subject to Liverpool’s raid of Southampton, signed in the summer of 2015 on a 5 year deal for around £12.5m.

His first season at Anfield coincided with Klopp’s and he seemed to have impressed his new boss as we went on to make 52 appearances in all competitions that season.

His impressive form continued on to the next season – which proved crucial for Klopp’s revolution as Liverpool secured qualification for the Champion’s League once again.

These 2 seasons, however, were Clyne’s only real contribution to Liverpool as injury after injury persistently kept him out of action thereafter.

Last season he was able to return to fitness in order to make his 100th appearance for Liverpool in a 3-1 win over Manchester United.

From then, he went on to see out the rest of the season on loan at AFC Bournemouth – who then declined to sign him permanently over concerns for his fitness.

Whilst it appears Clyne’s Liverpool tenure will end upon his contract expiry at the end of the current season, there’s no doubt in the mind of Liverpool supporters that he played an integral role in returning Liverpool to a position of strength under Jurgen Klopp.

103 appearances and 2 goals go far to illuminate Clyne’s capabilities as a traditional right-back that places defence at the top of their agenda.

Were it not for the meteoric rise of Trent Alexander Arnold and the surprising rise of such youth players as Neco Williams (a fellow right-back), Clyne would likely be offered another deal to see his career out on Merseyside.

Instead, it appears ever more likely that he will move on. But whilst the player may leave Liverpool, the connection to Liverpool may not leave the player.

It’s been suggested that Steven Gerrard (former Liverpool captain turned manager of Rangers, Scotland) would be interested in securing the services of the former England full-back.

If Clyne can keep fit, he could make a huge success of a career north of the border, perhaps even aiding Gerrard in his pursuit of returning the SPL to the Ibrox.