This. Not sure why anyone would think Clyne was 2nd choice RB, the lad couldn't get a game for love nor money! Having said that hindsight is a wonderful thing and I suspect he'd be staying put if Klopp could have foreseen our current injury problems in defence.
Even taking names out of it [and assuming if we don't sign anyone in Jan
] you could boil it down to a question of whether you think Citeh have a stronger, deeper squad than us?
If the answer is yes, then does it make sense for us to let people go in Jan?
Expecting them to push us all the way, and for us to be stretched to the limit.
Still, like you say, hard to foresee so many injuries in defence.
And hope that we start getting guys back before it actually hurts us [points wise].