Liverpool — England defender Nathaniel Clyne became the
fourth player to join Liverpool from Southampton in the past year after signing
for a reported fee of 12.5 million pounds ($19.7 million) on Wednesday.
Liverpool said Clyne moved on a long-term contract for an
undisclosed fee, making the attacking right back the club's sixth arrival of
Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, and Rickie Lambert left
Southampton for Liverpool last summer for a combined cost of nearly 50 million
pounds (now $79 million).
Clyne will replace Glen Johnson, who has been released by
Liverpool this offseason.
The 24-year-old Clyne has established himself as England's
first-choice right back this year.
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"As soon as Liverpool showed their interest in me I was
happy, and just wanted the deal to go through," Clyne said. "It's
definitely a good opportunity to come here and try to fulfil my
Liverpool has also signed Roberto Firmino, James Milner, and
Danny Ings this offseason, as well as back-up goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, and young
defender Joe Gomez following a disappointing season.
The Reds finished sixth in the English Premier League and
failed to get out of their group in the Champions League. They have also lost
long-serving captain Steven Gerrard, who has moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
"There is room for improvement and you can see with the
signings that have been made, we're pushing for it," Clyne said. "If
we get a good preseason out of the way and start the season brightly, it'll be
Clyne had one year left on his contract at Southampton.For
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