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Warnock furious at Liverpool’s ‘lack of class’ in Clyne transfer


Nathaniel Clyne was supposed to become a Cardiff City player this week — so thought Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock — but instead, the Liverpool right back joined Bournemouth on loan until the end of the season on Friday.

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Warnock, over what he has dubbed “a disgrace and a lack of class” on Liverpool’s part, is stark raving mad.

While we are yet to hear the Reds’ side of the story — perhaps we never will — Warnock version of events paints the current Premier League leaders in a rather unflattering, shady light — quotes from the BBC:

“It’s a disgrace. I was disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne, having known the player and giving him his debut (in 2008, at Crystal Palace).

“I’m not just disappointed with the boy himself, but with Liverpool as well for not ringing me, not telling me.

“To see it on television when I’ve done everything right and they have promised that he is my player this week, it’s a disgrace and a lack of class.”

Clyne made his Bournemouth debut on Saturday, going straight into the starting lineup for the Cherries’ FA Cup defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Report: Liverpool’s Clyne faces three more months out after back surgery

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Liverpool’s defensive woes continue to be a concern for Jurgen Klopp, and one of the main reasons why the back line hasn’t performed up to par is the absence of one of the club’s biggest influences.

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Nathaniel Clyne hasn’t featured this season for the Reds, after picking up an injury during preseason. Now, the 26-year-old defender looks like he’ll miss more time after undergoing back surgery.

The Independent is reporting that Clyne will be sidelined for at least three more months, following the operation on Monday.

If the timetable as reported is on par, Clyne could potentially miss the rest of the UEFA Champions League group stage, as well as vital domestic matches against Chelsea, Arsenal, league leaders Manchester City and Tottenham.

Clyne’s status with England is also affected by this latest setback, with the World Cup just seven months away.

Report: Barcelona eyeing Nathaniel Clyne to fill right back gap

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When Dani Alves left Barcelona to join Juventus over the summer, the Blaugrana appeared to have the right back vacancy covered.

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However, manager Luis Enrique appears to be turning his attention to the Premier League in order to replace the versatile Brazilian defender.

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According to SunSport, Barcelona is prepared to approach Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne during the winter transfer window as the Spanish giants look to lock down the right back position.

The 25-year-old is reportedly seen as a significant upgrade from Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal, both of whom have been tabbed as starters this season for Barcelona.

Clyne has appeared in 12 matches this PL season for the Reds, who currently sit tied atop the Premier League with Manchester City and Arsenal on points.

In addition to Clyne, SunSport reports that Glen Johnson is also a consideration for the Blaugrana, however, the 32-year-old is certainly not a first option for Enrique and Barcelona given his age and drop in form.

Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool: Coutinho stars in season’s first heavyweight bout

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  • Walcott gave Arsenal a 1-0 first-half lead
  • Reds scored 4 goals in a row
  • Gunners nearly brought it back level

Liverpool did not play well across the first 45 minutes, but they have Philippe Coutinho, and with the Brazilian spark plug, the fuse can ignite at any moment.

Coutinho scored a pair and assisted another as Liverpool won a free-flowing game 4-3 at the Emirates. The game swung back and forth, as the Gunners were up 1-0 most of the first half, the Reds scored four goals in a row to take control, and then the home side came just short of completing a remarkable late comeback.

The match began with a cagey nature, with Arsenal holding a fair amount of possession but being pressured by the Jurgen Klopp press. The first chance fell to the Gunners on 15 minutes when a long ball from Monreal was not cleared properly by Alberto Moreno, who instead headed directly into the path of Aaron Ramsey. The Reds defender made up for his mistake with a pinpoint tackle to see out the chance.

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Liverpool pressed well, but their attack seemed disjointed, finding themselves in offside positions or misplaced passes that killed chances early. The Reds had their first opportunity on 23 minutes, when Georgino Wijnaldum won the ball back from Monreal, leading Jordan Henderson to deliver a ball in to a free Roberto Firmino, but Hector Bellerin just put Firmino under enough pressure to see him bungle the chance.

Arsenal should have gone in front when given a penalty in the 29th minute. Moreno needlessly dropped Theo Walcott at the edge of the area, and the referee pointed directly to the spot. Simon Mignolet produced a fantastic save on the penalty, as Walcott looked to poke it into the low corner. Walcott would atone minutes later, however, as he’d get behind Moreno. Alex Iwobi found him on the right, and the English international found the far corner for a 1-0 Arsenal lead.

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Liverpool’s physical nature of play began to build up the card count, with Moreno earning himself a yellow card for his foul on Walcott, and both Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren picked up first-half cautions. The Reds appeared second-best for much of the first half, but Philippe Coutinho single-handedly brought them back level on the stroke of halftime.

Into first-half injury time, Coutinho won a questionable free-kick, and took the strike from well outside the area, and from at least 30 yards out he deposited an absolutely outrageous strike into the top corner past a helpless Petr Cech. The goal is the second straight on opening day for Coutinho, having scored the 1-0 winner against Stoke City last season.

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Following the break, Liverpool looked much more cohesive, and they were duly rewarded. Coutinho cut into the left edge of the box and plucked a beautiful flick to a waiting Adam Lallana on the far side. The England international chested it down and finished cooly from a tight angle for a 2-1 lead just four minutes after the break.

Just minutes after that, Coutinho would get his second goal and put the Reds 3-1 up as Nathaniel Clyne whipped in a pacey cross and the Brazilian easily touched home from point-blank range. Arsenal looked shell-shocked, and it would get worse. Sadio Mane ran straight around Calum Chambers and ripped an off-balance scorcher into the top corner for a 4-1 Liverpool lead.

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The Reds weren’t able to celebrate their stunning scoreline for long, as the Gunners picked up a lifeline in what turned into a goal fest. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored just 56 seconds after Mane’s goal, emulating his predecessor by flicking the ball past Nathaniel Clyne and beating Simon Mignolet at his near post.

Coutinho was removed on 70 minutes after cramping up suddenly on a one-on-two breakaway, replaced by Emre Can. Arsenal brought on debutant Granit Xhaka to shore up the midfield, and the Gunners would grab a lifeline. With 15 minutes remaining, a beautiful curling free-kick from substitute Santi Cazorla glanced off the head of a rising Chambers in the box, and the Gunners were suddenly back within one.

The home side poured numbers and pressure forward, but it wasn’t enough as the Gunners were downed by Liverpool at home for just the second time in their last 21 meetings.

Europa League in-focus: Liverpool heads to Villarreal

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Liverpool and Villarreal begin their UEFA Europa League semifinal on Thursday with a match-up in Spain.

The Reds will be favored to advance from the tie should they be able to breach a fairly steady Villarreal back line.

Led by backs Victor Ruiz and Mario Gaspar, the Yellow Submarine has allowed less than a goal per La Liga match this season. Gaspar isn’t bashful to join in the attack, either.

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But Villarreal finds its joy through Cedric Bakambu. The 25-year-0ld Congolese striker has 12 goals and three assists in La Liga, adding a remarkable 12 more goals in Europa League play. But he’s streaky, now goalless in three matches after scoring 10 in 8.

One of the keys to Liverpool’s success will be their fullbacks treading the line between aggression and reckless pushing forward. Nathaniel Clyne has the ability to make Villarreal’s outside players pay for sloppy play, but has to be sure not to open gaps for the Spanish side’s outside talent.

If Liverpool can manager Bakambu, and that is a significant if, the Reds should find a relatively easy path to the final. Real Madrid controlled Villarreal 3-0 in a recent meeting and while Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have the Reds at Real’s level, his attack could mirror the La Liga giants in some ways.