Nathaniel Clyne undergoes back surgery, out until next year

Jurgen Klopp appears in high spirits as he prepares his men for the visit of Southampton

Jurgen Klopp appears in high spirits as he prepares his men for the visit of Southampton

Nathaniel Clyne is set to spend up to another three months on the sidelines after undergoing an operation on his back injury.

The England worldwide has not featured all season because of the issue and it is understood that he will face a further lay-off after having an operation on Monday. He was on a good way, then a little setback.

Despite resuming light intensity training back in September which Jurgen Klopp deemed a "big step" forward, Clyne has now gone under the knife.

Clyne will hope to regain fitness and form by the time the summer comes around, with him undoubtedly harbouring ambitions of featuring in the World Cup in Russian Federation with Gareth Southgate's England squad.

In order to correct the issue with his back, Clyne underwent "minor, corrective surgery", which is now expected to rule him out until February.

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Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been deployed at right-back by Klopp in his absence while Tottenham's Kieran Trippier has been favoured by Gareth Southgate in the England set-up.

Clyne last featured for Liverpool against Tranmere Rovers during pre-season on 12 July, in which he sustained the back injury.

It is the second injury setback for the Reds boss in 24 hours after Sadio Mane returned to Merseyside early after complaining of more hamstring trouble. We have to make him 100 percent ready.

After barely featuring in pre-season, Clyne is yet to play a competitive minute of football due to the back injury, one that has caused much concern amongst fans due to the lack of public information on it. We are on it, that's how back problems are.

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