Friday, August 7, 2020

Nathaniel Clyne: The Unfortunate Tale Of His Liverpool Career

Nathaniel Clyne has been released by Liverpool.

The Merseyside club were crowned Premier League champions last week after a thirty year long wait.

After many years of near misses, Klopp has built a title winning team in just four and a half years since he replaced Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.

Jurgen Klopp holding a Liverpool shirt on his first day in Liverpool.

During Rodgers’ last transfer window in the summer of 2015, Liverpool bought Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke.

Firmino has gone on to become a Liverpool great and one of the first names on Klopp’s team sheet, being an integral part to Liverpool’s attack and Klopp’s system.

Meanwhile, Benteke lasted just one season at Anfield and it was clear when Klopp came in which one of the two signings made by Rodgers that Klopp would favour and that Benteke was clearly not part of Klopp’s plans.

Benteke and Firmino both joined in the 2015 summer transfer window but would go on to have very different careers.

Another one of Rodgers’ 2015 summer signings that was a part of Klopp’s team during the 2015-16 season was Nathaniel Clyne.

Nathaniel Clyne joined Liverpool as another Southampton import, with the right back joining from the south coast for £12.5 million.

Nathaniel Clyne showed signs of becoming a Liverpool player for many years to come.

Clyne after signing for Liverpool.

Fast forward to the summer of 2017. Liverpool were looking forward to their first season in the Champions League since the 2014-15 season. Nathaniel Clyne had been a big figure in the previous two seasons, with 93 appearances in the two seasons in all competitions.

However, Nathaniel Clyne would then suffer a back injury in pre season which would then rule him out until February 2018. Klopp would then turn to youngster Trent Alexander Arnold.

The young right back started the opening day 3-3 draw with Watford but three days later would announce himself to the world.

In the first leg of the Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim, Alexander Arnold scored a free kick in Germany in a 2-1 win.

Alexander Arnold went on to become a regular at Anfield and by the time Nathaniel Clyne returned from injury, he already looked like he had lost his place. This did not change in the rest of Nathaniel Clyne’s Liverpool career.

Nathaniel Clyne was loaned out to Bournemouth during the 2018-19 season and is now a free agent after not making a single appearance in the 2019-20 season due to injury issues.

Nathaniel Clyne during his loan spell with Bournemouth.

Nathaniel Clyne was an unused substitute in the 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. He was also on loan at Bournemouth when Liverpool won the 2019 final against Tottenham Hotspur and has now been released before he has had the chance to celebrate the Premier League with his team mates.

This is a fitting example of Nathaniel Clyne’s disappointing time at Anfield.

When Jurgen Klopp joined Liverpool, he talked about how it is more important what people think of you when you leave then what they think of you when you join.

Nathaniel Clyne joined Liverpool with alot of excitement after Clyne’s time in Southampton and after seeing Glen Johnson play the position for far too long but Clyne has left Liverpool leaving alot to be desired.

Johnson during his time at Liverpool.

In conclusion, Nathaniel Clyne has certainly left Liverpool surely with alot of disappointment, in a Liverpool career that has been plagued with injuries as well as losing his place whilst on the treatment table to a generational talent in Trent Alexander Arnold.

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