Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Nathaniel Clyne will miss the season opener with Watford on the 12th through injury.
A combination of hamstring and back problems has limited Clyne’s pre-season appearances to just the single outing, which was when the Reds faced Tranmere Rovers on July 12.
Klopp takes his side to Vicarage Road for the Premier League opening weekend, but after the penalty shoot out loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, he confirmed that the game would come too soon for the Clyne.
Klopp said: “He’s on the way back but he’s had no pre-season so far so, for him, it will not only be tight for Watford, it’s pretty much impossible.”
The German touted Liverpool youngster, Joe Gomez, who can play at either centre back or right back, as one of three potential replacements.
“Joe can play both positions so it makes absolute sense that we try both positions, especially in our situation with [Nathaniel] Clyne injured.
Klopp then went on to discuss the other two contenders, after Gomez, for the right back position: “In the moment, three options for this position: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe and Jon Flanagan.
“All of them played the position and now we have to bring them through the next one-and-a-half weeks and hopefully Clyney can come back after this. We have to make a decision.
“For Joe, after the long injury he came back in the middle of the season and was not as quick as he was before.
“But he got it all back and he’s in really good shape and so it’s very important for us that we could bring him in both positions.”