Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has joined Bournemouth on loan for the remainder of the season, according to ESPN sources.
The England international has struggled to break into Jurgen Klopp’s first eleven, after a long time out with injury. The meteoric rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold hasn’t helped either, with Clyne being limited to just four appearances this season, mostly from the bench.
A move back to the south coast – having joined Liverpool in 2015 after three years at Southampton – could be exactly the tonic Clyne needs to get his career back on track.
Under a forward-thinking manager like Eddie Howe, the attacking and defending talents of a player like Clyne will be well-utilised.
It’s not yet understood whether Bournemouth will have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season, but Clyne will be keen to make a big impression in the next few months for the Cherries – whether to give Klopp pause to think about finding a place for him, or to demonstrate that he can still do a job for Bournemouth or team elsewhere in the Premier League.
Still only 27, Clyne has plenty of peak years yet – this move might just prove to be the catalyst for a renewed energy and focus, and help him hit the heights he’s demonstrated previously.