Nathaniel Clyne's first league performance for Liverpool suggests there are big things to come

The new Liverpool defender impressed against Stoke City this weekend.

Nathaniel Clyne had an assured debut as Liverpool recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

The Reds were humiliated 6-1 by the Potters on the final day of last season, but Philippe Coutinho's sensational late strike was enough to get the Reds' campaign off to a flying start.

The former Southampton full-back, who move to Merseyside during the current transfer window, impressed on his first competitive appearance for the Anfield outfit.

  Pass Completion (%)Successful PassesKey PassesTackles WonFoulsInterceptions MadeClearances MadeMins Played
Nathaniel Clyne 75 46 1 3 2 2 4 90

The England international offered little in an attacking sense, though he did weigh in with one key pass.

However, it was defensively that he earned the greatest plaudits, as he strove to quash the threat posed by Ibrahim Afellay.

He made three tackles on the right-flank, while recording two interceptions and four clearances, to prevent the former Barcelona winger from having any success in the final third.

Focusing on his defensive duties clearly proved effective as the Reds recorded their first three points of the season, with a well-earned clean sheet proving the icing on the cake.

It was a bright start to Liverpool life for Clyne, who looks fully capable of fulfilling the Anfield faithful's lofty expectations.

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