TV pundit Chris Sutton believes loaning out Nathaniel Clyne to Bournemouth could prove to be a big mistake by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Midfielders James Milner and Jordan Henderson have had to deputise for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in the last two games in which the Reds have picked up just two points.
Former Chelsea and Celtic striker Sutton believes letting Clyne go may be a costly error:
“Letting Clyne leave on loan — with no ability to recall him — is the biggest mistake Klopp has made at Liverpool. It could cost them the title.”
“Milner did a valiant job at right back but Liverpool missed his influence in midfield.”
The lack of width against teams such as Leicester City and West Ham who sit deep could be problematic, but Clyne would not have solved the problems Liverpool faced in those two games.
The 27-year-old is a defensive fullback and the fact that James Milner provided the assist on the overlap for Sadio Mane’s opening goal against Hammers kind of disproves Sutton’s point.
Defensively, both goals that were conceded in the last two games came from freekicks with Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk/Joel Matip culpable for failing to track runners.
In both the attacking and defensive third, Clyne’s presence is unlikely to have made much of a difference in the outcome of either match.