Clyne has yet to feature for the Reds this season after picking up a back injury during pre-season. Today, news he will be out until at least February confirms that the worst was, in fact, the reality.
Nathaniel Clyne is set to spend up to another three months on the sidelines after undergoing an operation on his back injury. Even when he does return-assuming he does on schedule-he will have some way to go.
The 26-year-old has not played since the problem first emerged in pre-season.
Last season he played all but one of Liverpool's 38 Premier League games, making a total of 41 appearances in all competitions.
The player originally returned to light training with the club in September, however, he suffered a further setback.
The English media reported on Monday evening that the England worldwide has undergone corrective back surgery on an issue that has plagued him for months, and will continue to do so with the 25-year-old now set to miss another three months of action.
Perhaps the biggest indicator of the injury was his name missing from the list of Liverpool group stage Champions League squad.
Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have deputised at right back for Liverpool in Clyne's absence.
Clyne hopes to recover in time to appear for his national side at this summer's World Cup.
Whether this latest setback for Clyne will see the manager turn to the transfer market in January, remains to be seen.