A look at The Fringe

A look at the players on the edges of Klopp’s squad and the role they can provide in 18/19

Nathaniel Clyne

The right back is one of Liverpool’s forgotten men but could bounce back to revive his floundering Anfield career.

Yet another of Liverpool’s imports from the South Coast. Clyne’s arrival for £12 million was a reasonable sum for a solid, dependable full back.

Clyne gave us something we hadn’t had in six years when he debuted for the Reds in 2015. His consistent defensive performance and concentration were a relieve after years of sabotage in that position from Glen Johnson.

Ninety three games played over two seasons is a mark of just how important he was to the first team.

Harsh backlash

Fans are quick to take Clyne for granted. The most common grumble aimed at the England international was that he doesn’t offer anything going forward.

While it’s wholly true that Liverpool have had much better attacking full backs, it’s also a short sighted observation. Clyne is not useless as an overlapping right back. He has reasonable pace and is technically a decent footballer.  Always a willing runner, Clyne is seldom seen shirking from his overlapping duties on the right hand channel.  His work ethic is something Klopp will have taken note of.

It must also be remembered befoe we throw Clyne under the bus, that we traded a solid full back in 2009 for an expensive, error prone player. They all said he was brilliant going forward. He scored nine goals in six shabby years at Anfield.

2018/19

Clyne’s injuries last season robbed us of the services of a capable member of the squad.There are disappointing rumors linking him with a loan move to Crystal Palace. We should hope these are false.

With Gomez moving over to centre back and Trent likely to be used further forward at times, Clyne could well be the right back standing in 18/19.

You need a squad to win honours, and Clyne offers us some depth at full back. To lose him would leave us exposed.

We must also think of the precious talents of Trent Alexander-Arnold as well. The scouse teenager was a sensation last season as he elbowed his way through the ranks to become our first choice right back.

It would be a crime to over play the lad and wear him out. Clyne can take the weight off him at times this coming season. He offers a reliable, solid service and can still be an important player for Klopp’s Reds.

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