Alan Kennedy: Liverpool must make Nathaniel Clyne a priority

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Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy wants the club to make Nathaniel Clyne a priority signing this summer.

Alan Kennedy, who won two European Cups at full-back for Liverpool in 1981 and 1984, believes the club should make Nathaniel Clyne a priority this summer, as revealed in an interview with the Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool have already had a bid of £10 million rejected by Southampton for their right back, as per the BBC, but Kennedy is of the opinion that the club should do its utmost to make a deal happen.

As a left-back who played at Anfield for eight years, Kennedy knows what it takes to make it and can see real potential in England international Clyne.

“Clyne is very good, we all saw how good he was when Southampton came to Anfield last season, and he scored their goal," Kennedy told the Liverpool Echo.

“He has got something about him everybody likes and he is something we need.

“If we don’t think Manquillo is going to do it at the club and we have lost Glen Johnson, the logical thing is to go out and buy the next best thing and I think that is Nathaniel Clyne.”

Emre Can joined Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen last summer as a midfielder yet was one of eight players assigned to the right-back position on numerous occasions.

The Germany U-21 international is now expected to cement a place in the Liverpool midfield following the exit of captain Steven Gerrard.

“I would love to see Liverpool revert back to a back four and I want to see Emre Can going into the midfield slot that Steven Gerrard has vacated,” Kennedy continued.

Liverpool have already sealed the signings of Danny Ings and James Milner as free transfers and Kennedy is impressed with Rodgers' incoming business thus far.

“Rodgers has brought in James Milner and Danny Ings who are both great players," he said.

“You know what you are going to get from Milner. He is an honest player who wants to do well and will fit in to any position he is asked to play in.

“Ings is a new lad and he wants to impress. But he may be forced into action in the early stages of the season as we haven’t got an out and out centre forward who will score goals.

“It depends on Daniel Sturridge and his injury and how long it will take him to come back.”

Would Clyne top off a good summer for Liverpool?

Nathaniel Clyne is an exciting young prospect finding his ground in Roy Hodgson's England set up. Instead of struggling to keep hold of them, Liverpool need to be attracting the best up and coming talents in the game.

Assigning eight different players to the right-back position last season was a recipe for disaster - that cannot happen again if the club is looking to improve. This is the first signing of the summer that will require Liverpool spending millions, so it's a no brainer if the funds are available.

In order to top off a good summer, Rodgers needs to find himself a new talisman. They never found one to replace Luis Suarez and they paid the price by failing to qualify for the prestigious Champions League.

Clyne, however, would be a good signing for Liverpool.

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