Liverpool legend John Barnes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he thinks the arrival of Nathaniel Clyne helps the team address a problem which plagued them last season.
The dust has settled on Clyne’s arrival at Liverpool and Barnes has suggested that Clyne’s basic quality as a defender before anything else, helps the club to address a problem across their backline for next season.
“We needed defenders – Clyne is a defender, a proper defender. He’s not as good on the ball in terms of his capability going forward but his defensive qualities are very good and that’s what Liverpool need because we have conceded a lot of goals. I think that’s an excellent signing,” he told talkSPORT.
What does Clyne do well which will help Liverpool?
One of the most impressive things about Clyne is that he’s got a good burst of pace over the first five to ten yards.
That should help him to recover if he’s pressing down Liverpool’s right hand side and Brendan Rodgers’ team lose the ball, which means he needs to get back into his defensive position quickly.
He’s also got into the good habit of working on his positional play and getting into areas where he can prevent dangerous situations from happening.
His positional awareness isn’t just confined to himself and he’s got the ability to also help his teammates with advice over their position, based on the way he reads the game.
His core strength has always been good and if he can further improve that on the training pitch and in the gym over the summer, he’ll be a very difficult player to get the better of next season.