Nathaniel Clyne says Adam Lallana helped him move to Liverpool

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Nathaniel Clyne admits Adam Lallana played a significant role in his transfer to Liverpool.

Clyne signed for the Reds for £12.5 million from Southampton on a five-year deal and becomes the Merseyside club's sixth signing of the summer.

The 24-year-old becomes Liverpool's fourth signing from Southampton within the space of two years, with Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert all joining Anfield from the Saints last summer.

And Clyne has revealed he was keen on a move to Liverpool that after a chat with Lallana on life at the club.

“Adam and I spoke a lot,” the England international told the Liverpool Echo. “He said he wanted me to sign and I said if the deal moves along and gets done, I’d be with him as a team-mate once again. We enjoyed our time over there in America.

“He said it’s a good club - a big club with a huge fan base. He said the team is good and a good bunch of lads. He told me I’d be made to feel welcome if I joined.

“Knowing a few of the players at the club is good. I can join in with the lads and I reckon I’ll settle down easily.”


Clyne will replace Glen Johnson in Brendan Rodgers' squad, who left the club as a free agent.

Right-back was an area that Liverpool particularly struggled with last season and look to build on their disappointing sixth place finish in the Premier League.

Johnson fell out of favour in his final year at contract and was neglected by Rodgers for the most part, as well as having a period out through injury.

Javier Manquillo joined the Reds from Athletico Madrid on a two-year loan deal, however, he failed to make an impression when used early on and struggled on the attacking aspect of his game.

With Jon Flanagan not playing a single minute all season due to injury and set to miss most of the upcoming campaign after undergoing knee surgery, Rodgers is currently desperately short of a solid right-back.

During the 2014/15 season, the role replicated one of a Sunday league team without a goalkeeper and everyone taking their turn on a weekly rota. Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Ibe and Lallana all played at right-back at some point.

Emre Can played right centre-back for large period during the 3-5-2 system and he was asked to play at full-back in the closing stages of the year when Rodgers opted to go back to a conventional defence. The German was exposed, losing his position and goals were leaked from the area.

Clyne impressed at Southampton last season as he racked up 115 tackles across the season, more than any other defender in the Premier League and should command the role with authority,

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