In the last few days, it was reported by a few major media outlets that Liverpool had a £10m bid for Nathaniel Clyne rejected by Southampton this week. The right back enjoyed an impressive 14/15 campaign for Southampton and it is expected that he will move on but he was linked with a move to Manchester United which makes the link to Liverpool a surprising one. It will be interesting to see if Liverpool go back in with a higher bid and actually manage to sign the talented full back.
Liverpool have eyed up a move for Clyne as they are currently lacking options in the right back position due to Glen Johnson leaving this summer, Jon Flanagan being out with a lengthy injury and Javier Manquillo’s current loan deal looking uncertain. This has led to Liverpool being linked to Barcelona right back Martin Montoya but that deal looks unlikely at the moment and they look stuck for ideas. Manchester United were red hot favourites to snap up Clyne but ESPN reported this week that they have dropped interest in the 24 year old which has led to Liverpool swooping in for the full back.
The idea of Clyne arriving at Anfield has gained a seal of approval from the majority of Liverpool fans as he proved to be a key factor in a Southampton defence that kept 13 clean sheets in the 14/15 campaign. The idea of having Moreno on the left and Clyne on the right is exciting for Liverpool fans as it is a huge improvement to the liability of a defence they had in the last campaign. Southampton would prefer to keep hold of key players such as Clyne who they want to sign a new contract but they are willing to open negotiations with Liverpool if the Anfield club bid £15m according to the LIverpool Echo. The Echo’s James Pearce stated that,
“He’s about to enter the final year of his existing deal and if Clyne informs them that he wants to join Liverpool then Southampton will reluctantly do business for around £15million rather than risk losing him for nothing in 2016.”
Liverpool should just submit a £15m bid an attempt to wrap up the deal as soon as possible because the longer they leave it, the more likely another club will gain interest and a bidding war will commence. The Anfield club also haven’t fared well when they’ve had to compete with other clubs for talented players so they should act now while they still have great a chance in wrapping up a deal for a great player.
Clyne can bring so much to Anfield as he is young, consistent, strong and loves to get forward as well as being effective in defence. To show the abilities of the right back just look at his statistics for Southampton in the 14/15 season as he turned out to be one of the top right backs in the Premier League.
Clyne scored twice and helped keep 13 clean sheets in 35 Premier League appearances in the 14/15 campaign. Defensively, Clyne made an average of 3.3 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 2.2 clearances and 0.2 blocks per game. In attack, the Southampton contributed by scoring twice and made an average of 0.5 crosses per game. The England defender’s passing is also impressive as he made an average of 42.5 passes, 0.6 key passes and 2.1 long balls per game while he had a successful passing rate of 78.5%.
Clyne enjoyed regular football at Southampton last season so these statistics would improve even further if he was guaranteed the same at Liverpool. This makes the deal look like a no-brainer and at the moment it would be difficult for Liverpool to attract a better right back option for a £15m price tag.