Nathaniel Clyne is among the eight players to be released from Liverpool. The right-back joined from Southampton in 2015 and was a first-team regular before being plagued by injury and usurped by Trent Alexander-Arnold. He will depart the club when his contract expires on July 1.
Seven academy players will also leave Anfield at the end of the month. Goalkeepers Dan Atherton, Shamal George and Kai McKenzie-Lyle will depart Anfield, along with Jack Walls, Alex Turner, Abel Rodriques and Isaac Christie-Davies.
Nathaniel Clyne and Seven Other Players Will Leave Liverpool
Nathaniel Clyne: Unceremonious Liverpool Exit
When Jurgen Klopp arrived in 2015, Clyne was one of the first names on the teamsheet. The right-back impressed observers with his tenacious work rate and his incredible defensive capabilities. In Klopp’s first two seasons at Anfield, the right-back made 93 appearances – even earning a nickname from the German.
“The manager has called me a machine in the past,’ Clyne said in 2016. ‘I’m not entirely sure why – it’s probably because I play in loads of games.”
However, since 2018, he has barely played at Anfield. Part of the reason is down to injuries. He sustained a horrendous ACL tear that ruled him out for the majority of the season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s emergence also hurt him. The young Scouser has arguably become the best right-back in the league. He also has an incredible dead-ball delivery that Clyne could never replicate.
Clyne has been training alone at Kirby, Liverpool’s academy ground, proving how he is no longer part of the team.
A positive development for Clyne is that he will not be short of offers. The right-back has been capped 14 times for England and is a quality player.
Acadamy Players Let Go
Midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies was the biggest surprise to be let go. The young man was impressive in his debut against Aston Villa in the League Cup. However, he was a victim of an injury, which set back his progress.
Another player that fans might be familiar with is goalkeeper Shamal George. The youngster actually made his debut as a striker instead of in goal during a mad pre-season game. But, other than that, he didn’t make much of an impact at Anfield.