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Nathaniel Clyne signs for Liverpool on long-term deal

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Liverpool have today confirmed the signing of Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne, who becomes Brendan Rodgers' sixth summer acquisition at Anfield.

The 24-year-old England international has penned a long-term contract with the Reds after arrivinf for an undisclosed fee and follows in the footsteps of James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino by moving to Merseyside ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

Clyne was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United as well, but he's opted to link-up with former Saints team-mates Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren at Liverpool.

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The talented full-back spent three years at St Mary's after joining the south coast club from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2012 and went on to make 94 Premier League appearances.

After impressing in Ronald Koeman's side last term he also earned international recognition with Roy Hodgson's Three Lions squad and currently has five caps to his name - the most recent of which came in last month's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

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Clyne is expected to establish himself as Liverpool's first choice right-back following the departure of Glen Johnson on a Bosman free transfer earlier this summer, and will begin pre-season training with his new team-mates next week.

Speaking after putting pen to paper on the deal the youngster explained he could not turn down the opportunity to join the Premier League giants, and outlined his desire to continue progressing as a player under the watchful eye of Rodgers.

"I'm delighted and it's a dream move for me to come here and play for such a big club with all of its history," he was quoted saying by the club's official website. "I can't wait to get started.

"As soon as Liverpool showed their interest in me, I was happy and just wanted the deal to go through.

"The gaffer has shown a lot of interest in me and this is a place where I can improve as a player, I think. It's definitely a good opportunity to come here and try to fulfil my potential.

"I've played at Anfield before and know what the atmosphere is all about. It's a great atmosphere and will make me rise to the challenge. I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully it can push me on to putting on good performances."

Southampton had already planned for Clyne's anticipated departure after negotiating a deal to sign Portugal international Cedric Soares from Sporting Lisbon. The 23-year-old joins Koeman's side with European pedigree having already played in both the Champions League and Europa League.

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