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Steven Gerrard comments in 2017 about Liverpool defender now look justified

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Steven Gerrard comments in 2017 about Liverpool defender now look justified

The Rangers boss warned Nathaniel Clyne that Trent Alexander-Arnold was after his place.

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne has been linked with a move to Besiktas, according to Turkish newspaper Posta, and in the process, some Steven Gerrard comments appear to have been justified.

The Reds legend warned Clyne against the threat of an emerging Trent Alexander-Arnold back in 2017.

Gerrard was working as a pundit for BT Sport during a Champions League qualifying game against Hoffenheim.

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Liverpool won 2-1 and Alexander-Arnold netted his first goal for the club with a scrumptious free-kick.

The right-back had only played a handful of times for the Reds at that point and the ex-midfielder had some words of warning for Clyne.

He told BT Sport: “It was a fabulous free-kick. It was a fantastic strike and what character he showed to step up ahead of more experienced players and take it.

“I know him well, he is going to be a top, top player and Nathaniel Clyne has to be very careful as Trent is already breathing down his neck.”

“He’s a great professional and he’s very grounded, I’m delighted for him and it bodes well for the future.”

 

Not only has Alexander-Arnold raced in front of Clyne in the pecking order but the youngster is quickly becoming one of the best right-backs in world football.

The 21-year-old has 14 assists to his name during 2019/20 which from right-back is pretty impressive.

His array of passing is devastating in full flow and Liverpool have themselves a real talent.

New start

For Clyne, the writing looks on the wall at Anfield. At 28 he needs to be playing football on a regular basis.

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The full-back has struggled with injuries in recent years and he is at a crossroads in his career.

Although he has served Liverpool well, the time has probably come to think about a change, with a new contract unlikely at Anfield.

Neco Williams has also overtaken him in the right-back ranks and heading out of the exit now looks like the only option.

Gerrard’s comments now look completely justified, with that in mind, Clyne looks on borrowed time on Merseyside.

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