Nathaniel Clyne: How my Liverpool role has changed under Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne says he is more attacking-minded under Jurgen Klopp
Nathaniel Clyne says he has become more attacking-minded under new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
The 48-year-old took over the reins at Anfield in October after Liverpool appointed the popular German as Brendan Rodgers’s successor.
Maybe I wasn’t as confident as I should have been. When you come to a new club you may hold back and not take so many risks, but now I’ve played a few games I can take more risks and enjoy myself
Clyne has featured regularly under the former Borussia Dortmund manager, with the Merseyside outfit keeping four clean sheets in 11 games in all competitions.
However, the England full-back revealed that Klopp is trying to transform Clyne into a more attacking and a more confident right-back.
“My role has certainly changed under the new manager,” Clyne told Liverpool Echo.
“I’d say definitely pressing on the front foot, setting the trap for the opposition team and getting forward more on the pitch. We’re also looking more solid defensively as well.
“The manager has tried to make me more confident in my ability as a player to go and express myself, not to hold back.
“You can definite hear him on the sidelines. If he’s got something to say you can hear him. He always shouts out tactics and is always encouraging players to run faster and put more effort into the game.
“I suppose he’s given me that extra confidence to get forward and to develop as a player.
“Maybe I wasn’t as confident as I should have been. When you come to a new club you may hold back and not take so many risks, but now I’ve played a few games I can take more risks and enjoy myself.
“I can go out there and express myself because he has confidence in you. If you lose the ball, it’s a case of not worrying, and just going out and doing it again.”
Clyne has featured in each of Liverpool’s 14 Premier League games this season after the defender moved to Anfield in a £11.5m deal from Southampton in the summer transfer window under Klopp’s predecessor Rodgers.
The England international made his first assist for the Merseyside outfit in the Europa League after he teed up Christian Benteke to score the Reds’s winner in a 2-1 victory over Ligue 1 side Bordeaux last month.