Liverpool should consider offloading Nathaniel Clyne in the next few weeks, despite manager Jurgen Klopp telling the club’s website at the start of the month that having the right-back fit is like a new signing.
The Merseyside outfit have done some good business in this window by strengthening problem areas.
The club swiftly found a replacement for Juventus-bound Emre Can by bringing in Fabinho from Monaco, while Naby Keita finalised his move after agreeing the transfer from RB Leipzig a year ago.
Xherdan Shaqiri made the switch from Stoke City to Anfield, and Liverpool finally addressed their goalkeeper issue by splashing a world record £66m fee on Roma’s Alisson.
In total, the club have spent well over £100m, which leads to suggestions that some sales will have to be made.
The England international, who has earned 14 caps for his country, had an unfortunate 2017-18 campaign as he was injured for most of it.
In his absence, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold tussled for the right-back spot, and the latter won.
Due to his impressive performances against top opposition, including Manchester City, Roma and Real Madrid in the Champions League, Alexander-Arnold is expected to keep the first-team position.
Clyne can certainly still do a job, but it is unlikely that he will contribute much to Liverpool’s effort while on the bench.
The 27-year-old has two years remaining on his contract, which means that the Reds can demand a relatively decent figure for the full-back.
In the end, it is probably best for both parties, as Liverpool can get a chunk of cash and a player off the wage bill, while Clyne can get a new lease of life elsewhere.