Noel Whelan insisted Nathaniel Clyne “is too good to be forgotten” as the defender nears an exit from Liverpool this summer.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed it was now “inevitable” that the 29-year-old would depart Anfield on 1 July.

Clyne is out of contract on the 30 June after five mixed years on Merseyside.

Football Insider revealed earlier this month that the right-back has been training alone at Melwood while the rest of the squad have been preparing for the Premier League’s return.

The defender has not been offered a new deal by the club – not even a short-term extension which would enable him to play in the remainder of the games this season.

When asked by Football Insider what lies next for the England international, Whelan said: “His exit inevitable. We knew before the lockdown that he would not be a Liverpool player for long.

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“Still a great player but he has not had a great time at Anfield. It is definitely the time for him to change clubs and try and find the form that got him that move in the first place.

“He seems to be a bit of a forgotten man. He needs to showcase his skills and put his name back on the map. If you had not have mentioned him I would not have remembered him, honestly.

“That is how quickly things change in football. If you are not part of it and you are not playing week in, week out you are forgotten. He is too good to be forgotten.”

Clyne spent last season on loan at Bournemouth where he made 15 appearances in all competitions.

However, since returning to Anfield last summer he is yet to make an appearance.

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