When Liverpool signed Nathaniel Clyne this summer, supporters knew that the Reds had acquired a top, top player. The former Southampton right-back is an exceptional talent and is aggressive on both sides of the ball. In fact, Clyne’s adventurous nature in attack is one of the main traits that appealed to Brendan Rodgers and his coaching staff.
Liverpool paid over £12 million for the England international but the full-back has already shown enough quality to suggest that the Reds will more than earn their money back throughout his career.
Clyne has been one of Liverpool’s most impressive performers in the early stages of the season and has already earnt the praises of new manager Jurgen Klopp. The right-back scored the only goal of the game as the Reds earned a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup earlier this week.
Clyne is likely to have an even greater impact in attack as Klopp’s side begin to gel and improve their offensive style of play. Under Rodgers, Liverpool were limited at times and Clyne was held back to ensure that the Reds were solid defensively.
Is Nathaniel Clyne capable of leading Liverpool through a title race? Potentially. He’s an incredibly prospect and rarely makes major individual errors, while his pace and intelligence help him to cope with dangerous situations in defence.
Many have suggested that the Reds could go on to win one of the major cup competitions this season, perhaps the Capital One Cup as Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been eliminated. You can keep up with all of the latest odds and news via Bookmakers.co.uk. Next up for Liverpool is a Premier League fixture against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool fans are incredibly excited about their chances in the future and Clyne will an integral part of their squad for years to come. In the summer, Klopp will make a number of moves to bolster Liverpool’s talent pool but will also request that a number of players leave Anfield. Clyne’s position, on the other hand, will be safe though. He’s too good to let go.
So, is he the greatest right back in England’s top flight? Absolutely. Branislav Ivanovic is enduring a torrid season, while Matteo Darmian has struggled in recent weeks after beginning the season in fine form. While one could make a case for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, we believe that Clyne is currently the top full-back in the division and, at this rate, is well on the way to earning a spot in the Premier League Team of the Year.