Date: 6th May 2018 at 7:29pm
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OPINION

Liverpool put in a below-par performance on Sunday afternoon as they 1-0 to a Chelsea side that are now within reach of their Champions League spot.

A loss on the last day of the season to Brighton could see the Reds disastrously fall out of the top four, providing that Chelsea win their last two matches of the season.

It was a sluggish display from the Reds, with Trent Alexander-Arnold deployed in an unfamiliar midfield role as Nathaniel Clyne made just his second start after returning from injury.

That was an experiment that Jurgen Klopp put in place against Stoke last time out in the league, and it has not come off on either occasion in a 0-0 draw and this 1-0 loss.

While on both occasions it has been clear that Alexander-Arnold’s talents are wasted in midfield, the loss against the Blues also made it obvious that Clyne should be sold on this summer.

The former Southampton full-back has been a good servant for Liverpool since joining in 2015, but his injury-plagued season this time round has seen his standing at the club diminish significantly.

The emergence of younger counterparts Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez has brought his place into question, and there is little point keeping him around this summer.

Alexander-Arnold looks like he could be the Reds’ starting right-back for many years to come, and Gomez is a more-than-able deputy in that position.

Gomez will no doubt be moved more centrally in the coming years as Klopp figures out his best position, but he will still serve well as a back-up wing-back.

Clyne’s display was poor against Chelsea, and it will take a lot of work for the declining 27-year-old to become the player he once was for the Reds, work which will not be worth it for the club.

The 27-year-old will still fetch a decent sum on the transfer market and will no doubt be a solid right-back for another Premier League side, just not for Liverpool.