Nathaniel Clyne explains how he feels playing at left-back for Liverpool

Clyne operated on the left flank in the win over Manchester City, accommodating Jon Flanagan's return to the starting XI.

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne has admitted he may have to practice on one particular aspect of his game if he is to play as a left-back a lot more going forward.

Clyne filled in on the left flank as Alberto Moreno was dropped to the bench for the midweek 3-0 win over Manchester City, with Jon Flanagan impressing at right-back.

Clyne, who normally operates on the right side, seemed happy to play the role, telling the official Liverpool website: "I’ve played in that position before and it’s the same [in any] full-back position, just on the other side.

"I think if I’m going to play there more I’ll have to practice on my left foot more! But I’m happy to play there for the team."

He also has fond memories of playing from the left side as it was from that position that he managed to score his first goal for the Reds in a League Cup win over Bournemouth - which happened to be Jurgen Klopp's first victory as Liverpool manager.

If his assessment of Flanagan's performance against City, then Clyne is probably bracing himself for a spell on the left flank for a while as well, as the Reds defence looked a lot more disciplined with the 24-year-old operating in that role ahead of Alberto Moreno.

Clyne added: "For a player who has been out for so long, he’s come back [and looked] like he’s never been away really.

"His performances have been quality and he’s getting back to match fitness, which is good for the club to have more competition for places."

It will be interesting to see if Clyne starts in that role on Sunday when the Reds travel down to Crystal Palace. That, of course, does depend on whether Jurgen Klopp feels Flanagan is fit enough to play again this weekend after his display in midweek, as he continues to get minutes under his belt following his return from a lengthy knee injury.

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