Liverpool transfers: Why Nathaniel Clyne is pick of summer signings

Jake Evans rates Liverpool's summer signings so far after Nathaniel Clyne became the sixth new arrival at the weekend

By Jake Evans

James Milner

James Milner is consistently good. He performs well in every game and to have signed such a reliable and experienced player on a free transfer is an excellent piece of business by Liverpool. He will likely be used in central midfield by Brendan Rodgers and his work-rate will allow the likes of Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to express themselves in the final third. He is also used to winning trophies and that breeds a mentality that will be much-needed in the Liverpool dressing room this season in the absence of Steven Gerrard. 7/10

Danny Ings

The final price for Danny Ings is yet to be confirmed and that will have a significant bearing on the success of the transfer. 11 league goals for a relegated Burnley side which lacked any real creativity is an impressive return but he was their star player and will not be the same focal point at Anfield. Liverpool should sign a big-name striker and therefore his opportunities will be limited, much like Rickie Lambert’s, but he would be excellent back-up if Liverpool can secure the £6m fee. 5/10

Adam Bogdan

Adam Bogdan is a fantastic shot-stopper and his reflexes are extremely fast. At 27, he has another decade of playing potential which would prove value for money after signing on a free transfer. He is a more than capable number two goalkeeper and is an improvement on Brad Jones. 6/10

Joe Gomez

Only time will tell on the transfer of Joe Gomez. He is one for the future and could prove a real coup at an initial £3.5m having been likened to Vincent Kompany and Rio Ferdinand. He will be loaned out next season but his arrival must cast question marks over the futures of Andre Wisdom and Jon Flanagan. 6/10

Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino is exciting to watch and the Anfield crowd demand such players. His price was inflated due to interest from a multitude of clubs but if his Liverpool career starts well then he will become a Kop favourite, just like his compatriot Coutinho. The two could form a formidable partnership behind a central striker if Rodgers finds a way to accomodate them both. 8/10

Nathanial Clyne

Nathanial Clyne was a highlight in Southampton’s brilliant campaign and is England’s best right-back despite being continually overlooked by Roy Hodgson. He offers defensive stability as proved with 11 clean sheets and a significant threat going forward. Liverpool have long been desperate for a right-back and Clyne is the ideal candidate to fill that right wing-back role should Rodgers continue with the same system. He was also cheap £12.5m when you consider he is only 24-years-old and English. 9/10


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