Liverpool writer Ian Salmon has been reflecting on former Liverpool full-back Nathaniel Clyne.
This comes after Salmon recently made an appearance on The Anfield Wrap podcast to talk about a range of topics related to the Merseyside club.
On the subject of Clyne, who left Anfield at the end of June as a free agent, Salmon shared his thoughts on the full-back and his time as a Liverpool player.
He said: “When we got him, I think it was seen as a bit of a coup because he was the right-back that we needed, the right-back we wanted – and he was a quality player. [In] those first three seasons, he [did] look it.
“I think when [Jurgen] Klopp comes in, the team kind of evolves past him a bit and he just kind of falls by the wayside. I was shocked to see he was leaving because I forgot he hadn’t already gone.
“I don’t know what his next move is because it’s not like he’s been in the shop window in the last few years at any point.”
Liverpool signed Clyne from Southampton back in 2015 for a fee of £15.93 million.
Unfortunately for the 29-year-old, two huge injuries completely disrupted his time at the Merseyside club. In July 2017, a back injury kept him out of action for 257 days. Then in July 2019, a cruciate ligament rupture kept him sidelined for a total of 280 days (per Transfermarkt).
Overall, Clyne made a total of 103 appearances for the Reds in which he managed to score two goals and provide five assists along the way.
Would you have liked to have seen Liverpool keep Clyne at the club?
Looking back at Clyne’s period at Liverpool, it’s a massive shame that those two big injuries kept him out of the squad for so long.
Now that he is a free agent, it would be nice for Clyne to join a team where he can get some regular playing time and put those injuries at Liverpool behind him so he can move on with his career.