Nathaniel Clyne: Southampton right-back signs for Liverpool

Right-back has been a problem position for Liverpool in recent seasons, but Nathaniel Clyne represents a considerable upgrade on the departed Glen Johnson, writes Nick Wright.

The 24-year-old will follow the arrivals of James Milner, Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and Adam Bogdan at Anfield as Brendan Rodgers re-shapes his squad and looks to lift the gloom that surrounded the club after their disappointing 2014/15 campaign.

Clyne’s individual contribution was superb, and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman – a man who knows a thing or two about defending – described him as one of the best full-backs he’s managed in his 15-year coaching career. Clyne has also broken into the England set-up, making five appearances for Roy Hodgson’s side since his debut against Slovenia in November.

His stock is now so high that Hodgson’s decision to persist with Phil Jones as his first choice right-back has been widely criticised.

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