With a medical reportedly having been completed on Monday, Liverpool fans were left waiting for the official announcement that the club had signed 24-year-old Southampton right back Nathaniel Clyne. In the cases of James Milner, Danny Ings, and Roberto Firmino the club made clear deals had been done ahead of the official opening of the transfer window. In Clyne’s case, with the window opening in two days, they held back.
Now, though, with the window officially open, the club have made it official, and any fans waiting and wondering if maybe something had gone wrong following the surfacing of pictures of Clyne leaving his medical on Monday can breathe a sigh of relief. Nathaniel Clyne is now officially a Liverpool player following his £12.5M transfer from the Saints. He joins Liverpool after three seasons at St. Mary’s where he has established himself as the best English right back.
That makes his fee something of a bargain, but with only a year left on his current deal and the player having signalled his intent to leave, Southampton were always going to struggle to get full value for Clyne. It also didn’t help their case that despite rumours on Manchester United interest, Clyne made it clear that Liverpool was his preferred destination.
"I'm delighted and it's a dream move for me to come here and play for such a big club with all of its history," Clyne said of his move to Liverpool. "I can't wait to get started. As soon as Liverpool showed their interest in me, I was happy and just wanted the deal to go through. The gaffer has shown a lot of interest in me and this is a place where I can improve as a player, I think. It's definitely a good opportunity to come here and try to fulfil my potential.
"I've played at Anfield before and know what the atmosphere is all about. It's a great atmosphere and will make me rise to the challenge. I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully it can push me on to putting on good performances."