Speculation has been ongoing about Nathaniel Clyne, and where he will be playing next season.
Glen Johnson’s own future at Anfield has also been highlighted as uncertain, not only by the tabloid press, but also by sources related to the club.
So, an ideal solution for Liverpool would be to try and sign Southampton star Nathaniel Clyne. As one of the stand-out performers in Southampton’s great start to the season, and gaining his first England cap against Scotland, he would be a great asset for Brendan Rogers to acquire.
Reports have suggested that Clyne has been offered a new Saints contract, however talks have reportedly stalled leaving Southampton with the choice of cashing in on one of their prized assets while they can – or maybe risk him leaving cheap as his contract runs down, or even worse….for nothing when expired.
Having already bought Lambert, Lallana and Lovren from the south coast club, Rogers could see this as an opportunity to buy one of the most highly rated youngsters in the Premiership with these players helping Clyne to settle in the North West.
Far from being straight forwards, Liverpool will have to contend with rival bids from Manchester United to gain his services.
Liverpool need to reproduce the form of last year. Although Suarez has gone, spending £120million on new squad members, these have not yet gelled together giving mediocre performances, and Tottenham know how that feels after the high profile sale of Gareth Bale.
It is obvious, particularly to the Kop faithful, that this seasons campaign so far has been disappointing to say the least, especially when last season they were credible title contenders.
With Liverpool’s away form virtually being non existant their home form has had to be solid – but this is also under scrutiny, which leaves Brendan Rogers side languishing behind the front runners.
Having been dumped out of the Champions League, and with a very tricky game against Championship leaders Bournemouth coming up in the league cup, things can easily get stickier for a team which, at the start of this season, had high expectations and promises.
It is without question the loss of Suarez and the fragility of Sturridge’s fitness has seriously affected Liverpool’s ability to score goals, which has put pressure on a back four to remain consistently tight, but instead has exposed unnerving frailties.
This is where Clyne could come in and provide some much needed stability, even though the squad was strengthened substantially in the summer, but gave seriously failed to live up to expectations.
Clyne could give much needed confidence to Dejan Lovren, as his poor performances has resulted in him losing his starting place in the first XI, whilst Mario Ballotelli is more thought about in his off field antics rather than his action on it.
Liverpool need to break back into the top four and Rodgers may have to shift a few players, maybe some he signed in the summer, in order to make more signings in the January window in order to change their fortunes.
Nathaniel Clyne might just be one of the answers, however there still may be more difficult questions ahead if performances and results do not improve
Lets hope Brendan Rogers is given the chance to put things right, and he is not cast aside in the managerial merry go round that is increasingly becoming more infamous.