It was announced Friday afternoon that Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne has completed a loan move to Bournemouth until the end of the season in order to obtain the regular football that he has failed to gain thus far this term.
Although Klopp cited Clyne’s desire to get a move and the fact “we have options, younger boys coming up” as the factors in allowing the right-back to depart Anfield, many fans were baffled by the decision on Twitter — particularly due to how short it leaves Liverpool in the position:
Couldn’t disagree more with Liverpool loaning Nathaniel Clyne out. Makes zero sense to me.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) January 4, 2019
Stupid decision to loan Clyne. Utterly ridiculous. Gomez injured and should be playing CB when fit. Trent needs rest and rotation. Idgaf about fringe players wanting game time atm. We're in a title race. Anyone who could be needed should NOT be loaned or sold until Summer.
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) January 4, 2019
Can’t understand the decision to loan Clyne out given how thin Liverpool are in defence. He’s got vast experience and is capable of coming into the side and doing a job when required. A good option to have.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) January 4, 2019
The loaning Clyne thing:
1) Does it make the squad weaker? Yes.
2) Do we benefit in any way from it? No.
Even if you think he doesn't play that often, loaning a squad member out while you're in a title race doesn't make a great deal of sense, if any.
— Colin Cockchops MBE (@iamsircolin) January 4, 2019
Honestly baffled as to why we're loaning out Clyne when we're still in three competitions and Gomez is injured.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) January 4, 2019
You can understand the frustration from fan’s over Clyne being allowed to leave; the Reds are in the midst of a title race and still being involved in three competitions, it makes little sense to allow a right-back to leave when that’s arguably the position with the least amount of depth.
An established English international and an experienced head, Clyne proved when coming back into the side against Manchester United that he still has something to offer this Liverpool side and the decision to loan him out seems almost nonsensical.
Although James Milner and even Fabinho can fill in there, Klopp is now left with only Trent Alexander-Arnold as an option at right-back until Joe Gomez’s return from injury and even when fit, Gomez should always be preferred in the centre of defence.
Klopp’s decision is a strange one and even though he was likely eager to grant Clyne’s wish, perhaps the needs of the team should have been considered more rather than the individual on this occasion.