Nathaniel Clyne's loan specifics explained after Liverpool suffer Alexander Arnold injury blow

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Liverpool are still riding high at the top of the Premier League table after grinding out a 1-0 win away at Brighton on Saturday.

Klopp's men have not let the defeat to Manchester City get them down and have continued to pick up points despite performances waning slightly.

Mohamed Salah's penalty was enough at the weekend and epitomised the type of victory needed if the Premier League title is to finally go to Anfield.

One major setback despite the win was the injury to right-back Trent Alexander Arnold.

The England international had initially tweaked his knee in the warm-up prior to kick-off but felt fit enough to start the game and did, in fact, play the full 90 minutes.

However, once the dust had settled on the day's action it was revealed that Alexander-Arnold had in fact re-aggravated the injury and will now be out for at least a month.

This leaves Liverpool in an unfortunate predicament as they have only recently loaned out their most likely replacement for the 20-year-old, Nathaniel Clyne, to Bournemouth until the end of the season.

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Clyne has suffered from a plethora of injury problems in the last year or so, resulting in the former Southampton player to feature just five times last season for the Reds.

However, after some impressive performances since his return, Klopp surprised many by letting him go out on loan, underlining the fact that he was no more than a back-up in the German's eyes.

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This move has proved to have been hasty and careless from Klopp as it turns out that no recall clause was included in the loan deal for Clyne, per the Mirror.

With that in mind, Liverpool will have to field either the versatile James Milner or makeshift defender Fabinho whilst Alexander-Arnold recovers.


An error such as this would be better positioned by a casual user of Football Manager rather than an experienced manager with two Bundesliga titles and two Champions League final appearances to his name.

It seems the flexibility of Milner will once again be appreciated and admired by the Liverpool faithful with a brief worrying thought for Klopp's decision-making.

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