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According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have received offers for right-back Nathaniel Clyne but the defender’s future is far from certain as he is yet to reveal where he’d like to play his football next season.
Well, the Reds had originally loaned Clyne out back in January, where the full-back made the switch to Bournemouth.
The 28-year-old made 14 league appearances whilst on loan with the Cherries, but no talk of a permanent switch to the Vitality Stadium has come up despite Eddie Howe’s side being one of the teams linked with a deal – Clyne’s former side Crystal Palace as well as West Ham have been linked.
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The 5 foot 9 ace is now in the last year of his contract at Anfield, but as the Merseysiders have shown with Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge, they are not afraid to lose players for nothing if they still have worth to Jurgen Klopp.
Clyne was allowed to leave back in January on loan, but it can be argued that it was an exit that cost Liverpool.
Just days after he went, first-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up a knee injury and Klopp was left with no other option but to shove James Milner in the position for the next month.
The former Aston Villa man cannot solely be blamed for the disappointing results that followed, but he was definitely involved to some extent.
Liverpool drew back-to-back games against Leicester and West Ham after a nervy 4-3 win against Crystal Palace, in which Milner was sent off for two bookable offences.
As a result, Jordan Henderson was forced to play at right-back against the Foxes, before Milner came back in for the trip to the London Stadium – it was strikingly evident that the Reds missed a natural presence in the position.
Those two draws didn’t seem costly at the time, but Liverpool finished just a single point behind Manchester City in the title race – had they won either of those games against Leicester and West Ham, they may have been champions.
Sporting Director Michael Edwards simply can’t allow the Reds to find themselves in such a difficult position again next season if they want to be challenging for the title, especially not with the depth City have.