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One of Liverpool’s most consistent players for the past few years, Nathaniel Clyne, is subject to a lot of interest from the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City. The English defender, who signed for Liverpool in 2014 from Southampton, could be a target for the La Liga giants in January, according to the Express.

Barcelona have struggled to find a replacement for Dani Alves in their right-back slot and have had to use Javier Mascherano at times to plug the huge void left behind. The Catalan club also tried to sign Hector Bellerin earlier but could not convince him to re-join the club from Arsenal.

Clyne has been exceptional for the Reds this season having played in eight games and is the first choice right-back at the club. His consistency and defending abilities are second to none and Barca might be willing to lodge a bid for the £35 million-rated Englishman.

The former Southampton defender is great at attacking too. While he is not a Dani Alves, his energy and crossing are great, meaning the £12.5 million Liverpool paid for the player in 2014 looking like a bargain.

Should Liverpool think about selling the defender?

The simple answer is no. Clyne isn’t just Liverpool’s best right-back, he is one of the best in England and selling him would only signal an intent that the club is willing to let go of their best players. Liverpool did the same for Luis Suarez and that did not work out too well for the Merseyside club.

Clyne is a player that has adapted perfectly to Jurgen Klopp’s playing style at the club and it isn’t a surprise that the Englishman is also thriving in his right-back role. He has adjusted well to the new tactics and is a player that should be first in the team sheet for the club.

Barcelona would certainly be coming hard for the 25-year-old but Liverpool need to hold their nerve. The Catalan club will probably try to lodge a crazy bid for the English defender and while that may seem enticing, it would be hard for the Red to find another player as young as Clyne who is that good.

Liverpool are in a great position this season and it would be a shame if the team is broken down from January onwards. Barcelona might be powerhouses in world football but Jurgen Klopp is no mug and it will be a miracle if the La Liga giants do end up signing Clyne from the Reds.

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“After consultation, it was decided to use the player only for the game against Germany.”

The report adds that Liverpool will assess the injury, and we will then get an idea of the extent of his problem.

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Liverpool’s next game is against Huddersfield on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see who will play in the heart of the defence.

Jurgen Klopp can call upon Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip to partner Joe Gomez in the back as the match against the Terriers should not be the most difficult outing.

Gomez has been the other centre-back who has been brilliant for us this season and in all probability, Lovren should partner the English youngster.

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The former Stoke City attacker joined the Reds in the summer for £13million (h/t Mirror) but hasn’t scored a goal this season.

Shaqiri also has a couple of starts to his name but is hopeful of more chances as the season is still in its infancy. The 27-year-old was speaking to Aargauer Zeitung (h/t Mirror) and added that he is waiting for his opportunity to shine.

“You don’t have to keep me happy.

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“On top of that, you just need to look and acknowledge what has been done at Liverpool recently. A lot of people did a good job.

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“What is happening is exactly what I expected. I decided to move to Liverpool fully aware that I would have a harder time in a club of this standing than, for example, other clubs that tried to help me.”

Shaqiri has looked decent in all the games he has played and should get a few starts given we don’t face tough opposition in the coming weeks.

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The 23-year-old isn’t a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, as per the report, and Everton boss Marco Silva is interested in the Belgian striker.

Origi was on loan at Wolfsburg last season but failed to light it up at the Bundesliga club. The 23-year-old has had a tough time in recent seasons at Liverpool and hasn’t played a single minute for the team this season.

The report claims that Everton are open to letting Cenk Tosun move to Besiktas if they can sign Origi from Liverpool.

The Belgian was linked to a couple of clubs in the summer window but Liverpool didn’t sell him as they weren’t getting what they wanted for the striker.

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With Daniel Sturridge back in form and Roberto Firmino leading the line, Origi would find it tough to get first-team minutes at Anfield.

We also have youngsters such as Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke trying to break into the first-team, thus adding more competition for the forward slots at the club.

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Origi does need to move away for more minutes on the pitch, and joining a new club should be his aim when the transfer window opens.

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