There remains the possibility that Nathaniel Clyne could stay at Liverpool for the upcoming season, and leave for free when his contract expires next summer, according to a report from The Liverpool Echo yesterday afternoon.
Although there has been plenty of interest in Clyne, the Reds are under no pressure to sell the defender, who has yet to suggest his preferred destination for the next campaign.
The 28-year-old, who is valued at £15m by Liverpool, has generated interest from Bournemouth, West Ham and Crystal Palace, while Napoli also made an approach back in May.
With Clyne’s experience and versatility, Klopp could be prepared to keep him in the squad for next season, and with no fresh contract seemingly forthcoming, allow him to leave in 2020 at the expiry of his current deal, similarly to the Alberto Moreno situation last month.
Despite being one of Klopp’s most trusted players during his first two seasons at Anfield, a serious back injury coupled with the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold saw Clyne fall completely out of favour, even prompting him to ask for a loan move to Bournemouth for the second half of last season.
It’s hard to think of a more reliable backup right-back than Clyne, although having lost Emre Can, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno for nothing in recent, Liverpool might be wary of doing so again.