Southampton legend Francis Benali trolls Liverpool after Clyne signing

Nathaniel Clyne

The former defender took to Twitter to make a joke of Liverpool's repeated signing of Saints players for big fees.

Southampton legend Francis Benali has reacted with a fairly large dash of humour to Nathaniel Clyne's move from the Saints to Liverpool this week, if a picture he tweeted recently is anything to go by.

Showing a picture of a chair with a piece of paper showing the Southampton logo taped on it, the former defender, who played for Southampton for 19 years, joked: "Struggled to sell this chair for weeks online, but just put this on it and Brendan Rodgers has bid £8M!!" 

It came after Southampton reluctantly sold another one of their top players to the Reds, but not after some bartering regarding the player's price.

Liverpool are said to be paying £10 million upfront for the 24-year-old right back, with another £2.5 million to come in player related add ons, according to Sky Sports.

Have Liverpool spent wisely on Southampton players?

Clyne is Liverpool's fourth signing in 12 months from the South Coast club, and the fullback will be hoping he makes a better start to his career than his former St Mary's teammates managed last season.

Captain Adam Lallana, topscorer Rickie Lambert, and star defender Dejan Lovren were all snapped up for what was the lion's share of the money the Reds received from selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but things didn't go well for any of the former Saints.

Lallana had an injury hit first campaign, Lambert struggled in front of goal and Lovren failed to convince in defence.

Liverpool fans will be hoping Clyne's arrival won't just mean they have a new right back, but also that he'll help his former teammates play more like their Southampton form in this coming season. 

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