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Clyne coy on Liverpool future but sees Premier League title as theirs to lose

12:58 GMT+3 26/02/2019
Nathaniel Clyne Liverpool 2018-19
The England international full-back has entered the final 18 months of his Reds contract and is currently taking in a loan spell at Bournemouth

Nathaniel Clyne is reluctant to speculate on his Liverpool future, with the defender currently on loan at Bournemouth having entered the final 18 months of his contract at Anfield.

The England international was acquired by the Reds from Southampton in the summer of 2015.

He has made more than 100 appearances for the club, but has slipped down the pecking order after suffering some untimely injuries.

With the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez now ahead of him on Merseyside, Clyne took the decision to link up with a Premier League rival in January.

He is enjoying his time with Bournemouth and is unsure as to whether fresh terms will be presented to him by Liverpool when his short-term stay with the Cherries comes to a close.

"I haven't really spoken [to Jurgen Klopp] or thought about what's going to happen at the end of the season," Clyne told Sky Sports.

"I'm just concentrating on playing football right now and staying match fit, and improving. I am starting to get my rhythm back and that comes with playing matches - and it’s part of the reason I came here."

While Clyne’s focus now lies away from Merseyside, he is keeping a close eye on the Premier League title race being run by his parent club and believes the crown remains Liverpool’s to lose.

He added, with the Reds having edged a point clear of defending champions Manchester City: "You can see right now in the dressing room they will just be enjoying the opportunity they have.

"They're top of the league - it's on them really. All they need to do is do their best in their games and that will lead them over the line."

Next up for Liverpool is a home date with Watford on Wednesday, but Clyne’s attention will be focused elsewhere as Bournemouth prepare to take on top-four hopefuls Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

"We've done really well against Arsenal and hopefully we can do the same again - but it's not going to be easy going to the Emirates against a tough Arsenal side," said the 27-year-old full-back.

"Everyone is going to have to be at the top of their game to get something. With any big team you have to be at 100 per cent. I always relish playing against the big teams and putting on big performances. It shows your character."