Liverpool’s 26-year-old star has been hit with a fresh injury blow

Liverpool full-back Nathaniel Clyne has been hit with a fresh injury blow in his quest to return to full fitness.

Clyne has yet to play this season in a Liverpool shirt and has not featured at all for his side in a competitive match since the final game of the previous campaign.

Liverpool have been relying on youngsters Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold to fill in for Clyne, but the England international’s experience has been missed.

The Reds have struggled at the back this season, conceding 17 goals in eleven games, and will want Clyne to return as soon as possible. Clyne is believed to be suffering from a problematic back injury but he has now been hit with a setback.

Liverpool have not put a timeline on Clyne’s return and Klopp gave an update at the weekend. ‘No. You cannot rush it. He’s here,’ said Klopp. ‘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.’