Jokes inevitable, but Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne would be a good fit for Liverpool

Liverpool have had a bid for Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne rejected, according to many newspaper reports.

This morning's newspapers all seemed to carry the story that Liverpool have had a bid rejected for Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne, said to be worth, according to the Daily Mail, around £10 million, and indications that the Reds are to return with a fresh bid to land the right-back who has a year left on his contract at St Mary's.

It may have actually been quite uplifting for Liverpool fans. It's an area of the side that is in desperate need of addressing. Emre Can - whose preferred position is central midfield - is the man that has been selected in that role in recent weeks and everyone can see he has struggled there. Liverpool have Javier Manquillo on loan, who hasn't really convinced Brendan Rodgers and not been seen during the second half of the season, while Glen Johnson's error-strewn performances and lack of composure mean he will be no great loss to the club when his contract expires and he departs on a free transfer.

After last summer's transfer activity, there will inevitably be the odd comment about Liverpool becoming Southampton after Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren were acquired in 2014.

Regardless of the jokes, parodies or what have you, Clyne seems to fit the bill when it comes to Liverpool, and given that he has been linked with Manchester United as well, per the Daily Star, it shows that he is admired by the top clubs in the league.

At 24-years-old, his best years ahead of him and he has looked reliable on most occasions when he has featured. It has been a while since Liverpool have had a disciplined right-back who could play week in, week out but also have ability going forward - one can only think back to Alvaro Arbeloa as the last player to fulfil those duties.

Some will have said that Jon Flanagan could be the club's next right-back, but the harsh reality with his injuries is that he is unlikely to establish himself in the side for a good few years and Liverpool need a player for the here and now.

It's doubtful many will complain about the signing of a player who has impressed during the past year and is now a regular member of the England international set-up.

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