Chris Sutton: Jurgen Klopp's decision to loan out Nathaniel Clyne could cost Liverpool title

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Liverpool spurned the chance to move seven points clear of Manchester City last week after being held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City.

Fast-forward seven days and the Reds could find themselves second in the table by the end of Wednesday night.

Due to their superior goal difference, City will leapfrog Jurgen Klopp’s men into pole position if they defeat Everton at Goodson Park.

Some football fans felt Liverpool had effectively wrapped up the title after Pep Guardiola’s side lost 2-1 to Newcastle United last week.

However, the situation is now very different after Liverpool recorded back-to-back draws against Leicester and West Ham, while City beat Arsenal 3-1.

We now have a proper title race on our hands, with third-placed Tottenham (on 57 points, two behind City and five behind Liverpool, at the time of writing) very much in the conversation, too.

As things stand, City are currently the narrow favourites to win this season’s Premier League title in the eyes of the bookmakers.

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And BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton can also see Liverpool throwing it away from their current position.

The former Premier League striker believes Klopp’s decision to send Nathaniel Clyne on loan to Bournemouth, without including a recall clause in the right-back’s contract, is the biggest mistake of his tenure at Anfield so far - and one that could cost Liverpool the title.

"Liverpool's lack of depth is alarming,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.

“Letting Clyne leave on loan - with no ability to recall him - is the biggest mistake Klopp has made at Liverpool.

"It could cost them the title.

"Milner did a valiant job at right back but Liverpool missed his influence in midfield.”

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Strong words there from Sutton.

Clyne joined Bournemouth for the remainder of the season last month, shortly before the Reds lost first-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold to injury.

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With no option to recall Clyne, Klopp deployed Milner in the right-back spot against West Ham.

While Milner would work tirelessly in any position, the 33-year-old is not a natural right-back.

Incidentally, Liverpool go head-to-head against Bournemouth this weekend, hoping to get back to winning ways after consecutive disappointing results.

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