Clyne reportedly close to Liverpool move, but are last summer's mistakes being repeated?

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Liverpool may be about to complete their sixth signing of the summer with Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne, but is their policy the best way forward?

Liverpool look like they're close to adding another summer signing to Brendan Rodgers' side, with Southampton and England fullback Nathaniel Clyne set to agree a £12.5 million move according to Sky Sports.

That arrival were it to come off would mean the Reds have at least 7 new faces in the first team squad next season, a group missing Steven Gerrard of course.

The worry for Liverpool fans is that Brendan Rodgers could experience similar problems to last season, when many of the club's new signings failed to shine.

And though there can be no assurances that Liverpool's new signings will struggle just because they did last year, it is a fair statement to make that such an influx of individuals into any work environment runs a risk of causing disruption.

Liverpool's performance last season struggled on the back of sweeping changes made to the squad with the money received from the sale of Luis Suarez.

Many individuals were brought in in an attempt to improve other areas of the squad, when of course, the only real position that needed drastic action was up front.

Instead, it wasn't just a case of Liverpool and their players having to help Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli settle at the club, they also had to help Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Lazar Markovic and Javi Manquillo.

Eight arrivals are of course harder to integrate than two, three or four first team players, and a softer approach to selling and buying players may have been a better, making do with players at the club while gradually improving areas, three or four individuals at a time.

But again this summer, Brendan Rodgers already has Divock Origi, Danny Ings, James Milner, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino and seemingly Nathaniel Clyne about to join the first team squad for the first time, and there are rumours there are plenty more signings on the way.

Add all those players together, and Liverpool have brought 15 players into the side in the last 12 months, or to put it another way, way over half of the amount they can register for the Premier League.

Hopefully for Liverpool, these new arrivals will have at least a few players strong enough to immediately settle at Anfield, because for every Liverpool, or Tottenham when spending the Gareth Bale money, is a Southampton, who shined in the 2014-15 campaign despite being forced into big changes in their squad.

But many credit Ronaldo Koeman with what happened at St Mary's, while Rodgers struggled last season.

The hope will of course also be that some of the players that arrived last summer will be stronger the second time round, but if for whatever reason, the Reds struggle to find chemistry and familiarity within the squad, it doesn't matter who they bring in, there may be problems.

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