Liverpool fans react to Nathaniel Clyne photo

Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

Nathaniel Clyne travelled with Liverpool for tomorrow's clash with Porto.

Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne was included in the 25-man squad which travelled to Portugal today for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Porto.

The former Southampton defender has missed the entire season with a back injury.

Clyne underwent surgery to repair the problem in December and that development was thought to have delayed his long-awaited return.

Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (L) takes on West Ham United's Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini (R) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham...

But it looks like the England international is closing in on a return - and Liverpool fans were delighted to see him board the plane to Portugal today.

This image has been converted to black and white) Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9,...

It seems extraordinarily unlikely that Klopp will play him and in all likelyhood he won't make the matchday squad.

But the fact that he is fit enough to travel is a very good sign indeed and it looks like supporters of the Anfield club can look forward to seeing him back pretty soon.

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