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Adam Lallana delighted with Liverpool signing Nathaniel Clyne

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Adam Lallana is delighted with Liverpool signing Nathaniel Clyne and believes the right-back will thrive at Anfield.

Clyne signed for the Reds for £12.5 million on Wednesday from Southampton and becomes the club's sixth signing of the summer.

The 24-year-old will replace Glen Johnson in Brendan Rodgers' squad, who left earlier this summer as a free agent.

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Having made more tackles than any defender during the 2014/15 season with a total of 115, Clyne's arrival has pleased many Kopites as he looks to fill the role of right-back that was significantly inconsistent last term.

And Lallana, who played with Clyne at Southampton, feels the Reds have inked a deal with an outstanding full-back.

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"It's a massive signing for us," Lallana told Liverpoolfc.com.

"I played with him for a couple of seasons at Southampton and since they signed him, he's come on a lot.

"Last season he probably had his best season at Southampton, got an England call up and he's been a regular in the squad ever since.

"He's as solid as they come for a right-back and getting forward, he's got goals in his locker. In one versus one situations defensively, he's the kind of full-back you just don't want to come up against.

"Off the pitch, he'll fit in absolutely fine. He's quite quiet and likes to just get on with his football, but he's a great lad and knowing the Liverpool dressing room, he'll fit in absolutely perfectly."

New Recruits

Rodgers and Co. have been hard at work to secure their summer transfer targets early and fend off any competition.

After a disappointing 2014/15 campaign which ended without Liverpool winning a trophy, crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages and finishing sixth in the Premier League, vital improvements are needed.

There's set to be significant changes at Anfield this summer, with a large number of fringe players set to leave, especially with six new players already signing.

Roberto Firmino is the highlight deal, joining for £29 million - the second highest transfer fee in Liverpool's history behind Andy Carroll - from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim and the Brazilian is expected to be Raheem Sterling's replacement, with the 20-year-old destined to join Manchester City.

James Milner reportedly turned down a fresh £165,000-a-week contract and Champions League football at the Citizens to move to Liverpool and his experience will be invaluable in a squad that his flooded with young players.

With pre-season training approaching on July 6, Lallana admits he cannot wait to get back on the training field and meet his new team-mates.

"The signing so far have been tremendous," the 27-year-old added.

"There's Firmino, Milner, [Danny] Ings and now Clyne, as well as [Adam] Bogdan and [Joe] Gomez. It's a great variety and added to what we've already got, hopefully it can be a good combination for success.

"I think everyone's looking forward to getting back. We've got an exciting tour, but we've still got a few more days left of our holidays, which we'll enjoy because it's a tough and long season."

With Liverpool competing in next season's Europa League, games on a Thursday-Sunday rota will come thick and fast and a big squad will be needed.

The Reds haven't won a piece of silverware since capturing the League Cup in 2012 and with Rodgers failing to deliver what he promised last term, he will be desperate to avenge that effort.

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