Gerrard mulling move to hand rarely-seen Liverpool man career lifeline
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is considering a move for Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne this summer, according to reports.
Clyne, who moved to Anfield from Southampton in 2015, was a regular in the final months of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure and for the first few seasons under Jurgen Klopp‘s stewardship.
However, the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold sidelined the 28-year-old to a back-up role, the defender last making an appearance in December 2018 in a Premier League win over Arsenal.
According to Football Insider, Gerrard is considering a move for the defender amid doubts over the futures of his options at right-back heading into the summer.
Captain James Tavernier could leave while Jon Flanagan is out of contract at the end of the season and Matt Polster could be allowed to move on, meaning the Rangers boss could look for an experienced addition to fill the void.
The source adds that Clyne would likely have to accept a “major pay cut” on his current contract, which is worth around £70,000 per week.
The defender’s back-up recent role saw him allowed to leave for a loan spell with Bournemouth in the latter half of last season, before he suffered a serious knee injury in pre-season which has kept him out since.
A move from Rangers to sign Clyne would not be the first time the Scottish giants and Liverpool have done business; Gerrard opted to sign Ryan Kent on loan last season and completed a permanent deal for the winger ahead of the current campaign.
Clyne has made 103 appearances for the Reds, chipping in with two goals and five assists.
In other news, Liverpool are said to be keen on a big-money move for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.
The winger is set to be out of action for a prolonged period after suffering a hamstring injury.