Cardiff City are apparently lining up a move to sign Nathaniel Clyne on a temporary basis in January, with Jurgen Klopp also willing to sanction a deal, according to a report today from Wales Online.
Clyne has only made one appearance this season in the Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea back in September and has only managed to make the substitutes bench on one other occasion on the opening day.
After a consistent start to life on Merseyside in his first two campaigns at the club, Clyne struggled with various injury problems that ruled him out for the majority of last season; Trent Alexander-Arnold shined in his absence and Clyne has since failed to regain his place from the 20-year-old.
Even when Klopp has decided to give Alexander-Arnold a break, he has preferred to use Joe Gomez at right-back — a pretty ominous reflection of Clyne’s current standing at the club.
Neil Warnock has thus decided to take advantage of Clyne’s situation at Anfield by making him Cardiff’s priority signing in the January window. Injuries to both Lee Peltier and Jazz Richards have often left the Bluebirds short at fullback so far this season and Warnock sees Clyne as the ideal man to aid them in their relegation battle.
Any deal for the 27-year-old should be made easier due to the good relations between the two clubs after Marko Grujic enjoyed a productive loan spell at Cardiff last season during their promotion campaign.
Having been a steady hand for two years under Klopp and even England’s first-choice right-back for a point during 2016, it’s a shame to see Clyne now on the periphery of the squad at Liverpool.
However, thanks to injury problems and Alexander-Arnold’s emergence, the writing is on the wall for Clyne and even though a switch to Wales may only be a temporary one, there is no chance of the defender having a long term future on Merseyside.