Half of Liverpool’s reported £40m double-swoop seems highly unlikely

Clyne Tackles Gervinho

Liverpool have been linked with Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne, but quite simply they do not need him.

Liverpool have been linked with Southampton’s Adam Lallana for some time, but a report in the Daily Star this weekend has claimed the Red are willing to pay £40million for two Saints stars, the second being Nathaniel Clyne.

But while the Lallana links make sense, the possibility of Clyne heading to Anfield this summer is rather confusing.

After all, Brendan Rodgers currently has two right-backs at his disposal in Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan, with the latter tipped by many to become one of the best in his position in Europe.

Doubts remain over the long-term future of Johnson, but Flanagan can step in at a moment’s notice and Clyne will not want to play second (or possibly third) fiddle at this stage in his career.

In fact of all the Southampton players linked with Liverpool in recent weeks, Clyne is the most baffling.

A move for Dejan Lovren would make sense as Rodgers needs to strengthen in central defence. While a successful bid for Luke Shaw would see a permanent solution to the Reds’ long-term left-back problems that Flanagan alleviates despite favouring a role on the opposite flank.

Plus if Lallana is valued at £25million, is Clyne really worth £15million, and would it be sensible for Liverpool to spend that much on an unnecessary addition?

No, it makes little sense to me either, and that is no insult to Clyne, simply an observation that of all the positions on the pitch, right-back is arguably the one area Liverpool have absolutely no need to strengthen this summer.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch