Michael Owen: How Liverpool signing Nathaniel Clyne will have to improve

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen runs the rule over new Reds signing Nathaniel Clyne

Michael Owen says Nathaniel Clyne will need to improve in possession to be a success at Liverpool.

The 24-year-old right-back completed a move to Anfield on Wednesday afternoon after the Reds agreed a reported £12.5m fee with Southampton for the defender’s services.

England international Clyne, who was speculated to be a target for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, has penned a five-year deal with the 18-time English champions.

But former Liverpool striker Owen, who scored 158 times in 297 games for the Merseyside outfit, warned that the former Crystal Palace man is far from the finished product.

Owen wrote on Sportlobster:

“Another signing made by Liverpool. I have been really impressed with Clyne as a defender in the last couple of seasons but he will need to improve in possession to be a success at Liverpool. I hope he does.”

Clyne will compete with Javier Manquillo and Jon Flanagan for the right-back spot after veteran Glen Johnson left Liverpool at the end of the season.

The England full-back has scored five goals in 104 appearances for the south coast club during a three-year stay at St Mary’s.

More: Saints legends trolls Brendan Rodgers after Clyne signing

The right-back is Liverpool’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window.

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