Brendan Rodgers concluded his fourth deal for a Southampton player a couple of days ago… … as the Reds confirmed the arrival of Nathaniel Clyne. The England right back joins the club in exchange for a payment of 10 million pounds along with an add on payment of another 2 million pounds that will be paid at a later date. A player moving from Southampton to Liverpool is nothing new as the relationship between the two clubs have reached a whole new level of infamy.
With Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert all having shifted from St. Mary’s to Anfield during the last summer transfer window, the men working behind transfers at Liverpool and Southampton should have been uncannily familiar with each other.
Jokes apart, the question that remains on the minds of Kopites the world over is this. Our last three signings from Southampton have not been able to reach the heights that our manager expected them to attain. In fact, truth is that each and every single one of these three lads have not even been able to justify their hefty price tags. Even Rickie Lambert has not been able to justify the measly 4 million pounds that were spent on him, so forget about Adam Lallana justifying a fee of 25 million pounds while the 20 million that was spent on Dejan Lovren seems like a joke. So, are there any guarantees that Clyne won’t turn out to be a similar flop such as his former Saints clubmates?
While the word guarantee is rarely used in daily life, let alone in the world of professional sport where fortunes and form can change overnight, there is enough evidence to suggest that Clyne may, just may, not be another failure. For one, this is one guy that quite a few teams were after. In terms of Lovren, Lallana and Lambert, not too many clubs were chasing after their signature, or at least showed too much interest in them. Clyne though, was chased around by Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and the Saint themselves who did everything they could to get him to commit with their team for another few years. The England international has seen his stock rise at an unimaginable rate ever since he joined the Saints for just a couple of million pounds. As far as his Liverpool career is concerned, he is expected to be the answer to our right back woes for the foreseeable future.
Firstly, he has proven that he can cut it at the top level. The former Palace star has played in the Premier League for three season and has won over a lot of fans. Secondly, he is nowhere near fragile. He’s averaging 34 games a season after already racking up 241 appearances in his seven year long top flight career, which is a remarkable feat when you consider his age. Now when you add to the fact, that he is actually a full back who can defend, then you can see why the Reds jumped to sign him, and why people are already putting their money on him being an Anfield success story.