Liverpool thumped Napoli 5-0 in their final pre-season game yesterday, with plenty of reasons to be positive from the game. Daniel Sturridge again impressed, Alisson looked great between the sticks and there was a return to action from Trent Alexander-Arnold. After his World Cup exploits this summer the right-back was ready to get back into action.
He will undoubtedly be hoping to start Liverpool’s season opener against West Ham United next weekend.
For one Liverpool player, his return makes life immediately more difficult.
Nathaniel Clyne has had to watch from the sidelines as Alexander-Arnold took his place in the starting XI. A back injury left him struggling last season and he played just five times for the Reds.
Now, the £12.5 million summer signing in 2015, finds himself fighting for his place in the Liverpool starting XI.
This summer, with Alexander-Arnold recovering from his exertions in Russia, Clyne had a chance to rubberstamp his credentials.
However, he did not have the best of summers. He was relatively solid but also saw himself outdone by Leroy Sane v Manchester City and against Napoli many Liverpool fans were critical of his display.
Clyne will play plenty of football next season. With Liverpool in Europe and hoping to challenge for the Premier League title, rotation will be necessary.
But, as far as Liverpool are concerned, there could be an argument to cash in on Clyne. After spending big on numerous signings this summer there must be a desire to balance the books at Anfield.
With James Milner and Fabinho more than capable right-back options and youngster Rafael Camacho looking the real deal, Liverpool could fetch a good sum for Clyne this summer.
If the club wants to, or indeed needs to, let a player go, Clyne could be at the top of that list.