Nathaniel Clyne
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United battles for possession with Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had some kind words for defender Nathaniel Clyne who played his 100th game for the club in their win over Manchester United

Clyne rewarded his boss’ faith with a confident and assured display that masked the Englishman’s lack of game time during the previous 18 months.

In reflecting on Nathaniel Clyne’s performance against Manchester United on Sunday, the defender’s 100th game for the club, Klopp instead mimed taking his hat off.

“Clyney is a high-class player,” Klopp – who was without right-back options Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and James Milner due to injury – had explained to the club’s media when it was confirmed Clyne would start.

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“He didn’t play for a while, that’s true, he was injured and we had other options in the position. That’s how life sometimes is, it’s not really fair but it was the situation.

“But he trained most of the time without any complaints. In the last two to two-and-a-half weeks he had a couple of problems, but he’s available now. He’s fine.”