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Nathaniel Clyne ready to face Manchester United as Klopp considers options to cover Liverpool's defensive crisis

Nathaniel Clyne could return for Liverpool.
Nathaniel Clyne could return for Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is considering how best to manage his defensive crisis ahead of Sunday's game against Manchester United at Anfield.

The Reds are without centre-halves Joe Gomez and Joel Matip until late in January and have been further rocked by the news that full-back Trent Alexander Arnold is set to miss at least two games.

The 20-year-old has been wearing a protective boot since he suffered a late injury in the midweek Champions League win over Napoli.

While James Milner is the most obvious candidate to cover at right-back, having done so in the routine win over Bournemouth last weekend, Klopp said that Nathaniel Clyne is fit to come into contention for his first Premier League appearance of the season.

"(Clyne) was unfortunately injured in past two or three weeks but luckily he's back in full training for three or four days," the manager said before also name-checking a couple of teenage players who could potentially come into contention. "Is he ready for 90 minutes? I don't know. But is he ready for Sunday? Yeah.

“Clyne is a very experienced player - it’s not ideal and we won’t rush him. Rafa Camacho played outstandingly in pre-season and Curtis Jones too.

“We have other options and as long as we have options everything is fine. We have to be creative if not but all fine for the moment.”

Dejan Lovren is set to partner Virgil van Dijk in the heart of Liverpool's back line as the only two fit centre-halves at the club. Nathaniel Phillips or Dubliner Conor Masterson could provide cover from the bench.

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