Sky Sports pundit: Klopp will see this Liverpool senior player as ‘surplus to requirements’

Sky Sports pundit Danny Mills has suggested that the future of Nathaniel Clyne at the club is no longer guaranteed due to the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Englishman will soon be entering the last year of his contract at Liverpool and there are no signs of the club being interested in offering him a new deal.

After spending quite a while on the sidelines due to injury, Clyne was sent out on loan to Bournemouth in the middle of last season.

The 28-year-old remains a back-up option at right-back but it is very much anyone’s guess whether manager Jurgen Klopp will not be tempted to offload him this summer.

“He went to Liverpool and at the time it looked like he was going to be England’s number two right back for a very long time,” Mills told Football Insider.

“I always thought he was a very good defender, brought up playing football in the right way. It just wasn’t to be. You get injured, somebody comes in – Trent Alexander-Arnold – and suddenly he maybe shows he has the edge on you. That’s life.

“If you do miss a period through injury and somebody gets the chance and does well, there’s nothing you can do about it, you just have to accept it. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been absolutely exceptional. He has been a revelation at Liverpool.

“He (Klopp) will think: ‘Right, I’ve got two right backs, both internationals, both earning good money – one is surplus to requirements.”