Nathaniel Clyne has been quietly effective on the right side for Liverpool’s defense since he arrived from Southampton. His fellow former Southampton player, Sadio Mané, has slotted into the side with much more of a splash, scoring six goals in the first 11 games of the league season.
While Clyne is known for his pace patrolling up and down the wing, he is the first to admit that in a footrace, he’d likely fall to the speedy Mané.
Talking to Goal recently, Clyne said, "Me and him in a race? That would be tough and a close one," Clyne said. "I have to say, he is faster, definitely when he is on the ball anyway. The top three are Sadio, then me and then Alberto [Moreno].
“[Mané] is quality, he always wants the ball," Clyne explained. "You can see when he gets the ball that he is always looking forward and his first intention is to get at the defence and cause problems. You can see that he has done that.
"He has been great, he has provided assists and he has scored goals. He is on fire at the moment. There’s so much quality around the squad, you look around the dressing room at the players we have got, and we have so much ability.
"We are getting goals from all over the pitch and even [James] Milner is scoring – despite playing at left back! It is a joy to watch Phil Coutinho, Mane, [Daniel] Sturridge, [Adam] Lallana and [Roberto] Firmino. They are all playing well and it is going well."
It certainly is, and Liverpool fans will be upset that they have to sit through yet another international break to get back to the action.