Nathaniel Clyne will have plenty of options if he opts to leave Liverpool this summer, but the right-back is yet to decide on whether he stays or goes.
Liverpool value Clyne at £15 million which, given his ability and experience, could prove a bargain fee for clubs in need of a first-choice right-back.
But there remains the possibility that he stays on Merseyside for 2019/20, according to the Liverpool Echo‘s Ian Doyle.
Doyle writes that the Reds “have received several offers” for Clyne, whose contract expires next summer with “no suggestion” of talks over an extension.
But he has “given the club no indication as to where he would prefer to play his football next season.”
“That has opened the possibility of the defender staying and fighting for his place,” he continues, later adding that he could follow Emre Can, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno in leaving on a free instead.
It is an interesting claim which would in theory benefit Liverpool more than if Clyne were to depart.
Though he can’t provide the same attacking thrust as Trent Alexander-Arnold, having a player of Clyne’s quality as a backup would certainly be useful.
The decision to loan him out in January was roundly criticised as it left Liverpool short at right-back, with James Milner filling in, and having the No. 2 back would increase the numbers.
Furthermore, with Moreno having left, Clyne could slot in as the Reds’ specialist full-back on the bench, and he has also deputised at left-back in the past.
He made 15 appearances for Bournemouth in the second half of last season, and ended the campaign on the left-hand side of the defence.
The Cherries have now signed a new left-back in former Liverpool target Lloyd Kelly, however.