With Liverpool’s season riddled with inconsistencies, it’s only normal for some of the personnel to come under fire. Nathaniel Clyne is the latest in a long line of players who have had their futures questioned of late, but is it justified?
Joining from Southampton for a fee of £12.5million, the England international has become a regular feature in Jurgen Klopp’s side, registering a total of 52 appearances last season. Not only that, the right-back was producing at a consistent level week in, week out. Assured in defensive and discipline, Clyne was seen as the perfect solution to a position that has caused Liverpool issues in recent times.
However, since the turn of the year the defender has come under criticism for his quality in the final third. Despite getting in to some very promising areas down the flank, Clyne’s final ball has often been lacking. The 25-year-old has failed to score since the 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa in February of last year, while only chipping in with three assists in 31 appearances this season.
James Milner is another player to get some criticism this season, but how does the left back match up to Clyne’s stats going forward?
The makeshift defender has five assists and six goals to his game this season, although he owes that to his penalty taking duties.
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