4 Interceptions, 3 Duels Won: Is Nathaniel Clyne Liverpool's best performing defender?

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Nathaniel Clyne has been consistently strong for Liverpool this season despite the team's mixed form.

Liverpool did not offer their fans much to be cheerful about with their late collapse against Sunderland.

The Reds allowed a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2, and slipped behind rivals Everton in the process.

One defender who held his own was right-back Nathaniel Clyne, who has continued a steady start since his summer arrival from Southampton.

The England international has had a lot thrown at him since signing in the summer, working under two managers with differing systems - with Brendan Rodgers asking him to play in experimental formations before he got fired.

Under Klopp the upheaval has continued, but mainly due to injuries enforcing selection changes on the centre-backs he plays alongside - and then there has been the inconsistent form of goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Adam Bogdan.

All of this would give Clyne a good excuse for poor performance, but instead he has stood out as one of the few consistent players in the starting XI.

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His match against Sunderland was typical of his season so far, getting suitably stuck into his defensive duties. 

Clyne made four interceptions and won three personal duels, relishing the challenge posed by Sunderland's attack.

He will have more spectacular games statistically between now and the end of the season, but Clyne's performance was all about the context it was in, a steady figure amid a defence which was anything but resolute.

He still needs to add more to his game from an attacking perspective and be more ambitious, but Clyne is a player who Klopp can depend on, and who deserves his place in the team for next season.

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