Adam Lallana has heaped praise on Liverpool for signing his former Southampton teammate Nathaniel Clyne, who he believes could have a ‘massive’ impact at Anfield next season.
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The Reds sealed a £12.5m deal for the full-back on Wednesday (via BBC Sport) and Lallana is delighted that he has been been reunited with his fellow England international after a year apart.
Of course, the duo complete a quartet of former Saints currently in our ranks, with Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren also having made the move from St. Mary’s last summer.
Speaking about the deal in quotes taken by the Daily Mirror, Lallana revealed that he was extremely hopeful of seeing the switch happen after speaking with Clyne at the end of last season, and was very pleased to see it come off.
“I’ve spoken to him and I was actually on holiday with him for a little bit this summer – we were in America together. I managed to speak to him about it there and I kind of knew it could be on the cards,” he admitted.
“His intentions were there and he was hoping the deal could get sorted. Liverpool explains itself. The whole world knows about Liverpool. I just said to him that I hoped the deal would get done as it’ll be a great place for him to improve even more, especially under Brendan Rodgers’ guidance.”
Lallana joined the Reds last summer and endured a mixed first season at Anfield, with a number of niggling injuries restricting his progress. But now, having had chance to refresh during his summer break rather than playing at the World Cup with England, he’ll be hoping to push on and become an important player for us next season.
He also expects Clyne to be vital to our course, saying: “It’s a massive signing for us. 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. To manage to persuade him to sign for Liverpool – as I’m sure there would have been other top clubs, and even European clubs interested in him – is a great coup for us.
“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.”