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7th Nov, 2017 | 10:48am

Fresh injury blow for Liverpool as speed machine suffers breakdown in rehab

By Guy Giles

Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne has been dealt a blow as he looks to return from a back injury that has kept him out since the end of last season.

England international Clyne has been one of the Reds’ most consistent defenders since joining from Southampton in 2015, but Jurgen Klopp may be without his services for another few weeks after this latest issue.

As quoted by The Sun, Klopp said: “You cannot rush it. He was in a good way, running with high intensity, stuff like this. But the muscle showed a little reaction.

“That was not an injury, and usually with a healthy and fit player you wouldn’t even think about it.

“But in his case, because it was a little sign again from the back, we took him out and it’s a few steps back again.”

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Clyne’s injury saw him left out of Liverpool’s Champions League squad, but the right-back can be added if Klopp’s men reach the knockout stages.

In his absence Liverpool have struggled defensively, conceding 17 goals in their first 11 Premier League games so far this term.

Clyne’s injury has however given Klopp a chance to bring through some youth, with both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez impressing in his place.

While Clyne should be back for Liverpool in a few weeks, the former Saints man may now be fearing for his place in England’s World Cup squad after such a lengthy layoff.

In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp has admitted his surprise at the form of this 25-year-old. 

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