Liverpool full-back Nathaniel Clyne is set to join Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season.
The 27-year-old was keen to move on in search of regular first-team football after finding himself on the fringes of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Clyne has started just one Premier League game so far this term with Trent Alexander-Arnold firmly established as the Reds’ first choice right-back.
The former Southampton defender replaced the injured Alexander-Arnold for last month’s 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield.
However, it was telling that Klopp opted to play midfielder James Milner at right-back rather than Clyne in the next game at Wolves.
ith Alexander-Arnold now fit and Joe Gomez closing in on a return, Klopp has decided that he has sufficient cover to let Clyne go. As well as Milner, Fabinho can also operate at right-back.
Exciting Dutch teenager Ki-Jana Hoever is another option for Klopp.
The 16-year-old, who can play at full-back or centre-back, has massively impressed the manager since being promoted to Melwood last month.
The former Ajax youngster was called up from the Kirkby Academy due to the Reds’ defensive injury problems.
Clyne was initially a model of consistency following his £12million move to Anfield from Southampton in the summer of 2015.
During his first season at Liverpool he clocked up 52 appearances and another 41 followed in 2016/17 when he missed just one Premier League match.
However, his fortunes nosedived. A back injury suffered in July 2017 ultimately required surgery and after making his comeback for Liverpool Under-23s in February 2018, he failed to win his place back as Alexander-Arnold had grasped his chance.
Clyne, who is out of contract in the summer of 2020, played just five matches for the Reds last term and was an unused substitute for the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev. This season has brought more of the same with just two starts in all competitions.