Former Everton defender: This Liverpool player was key for Jurgen Klopp
Kevin Kilbane says Nathaniel Clyne made the difference for Liverpool at Swansea City
Kevin Kilbane has hailed Nathaniel Clyne’s impact in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Swansea City.
The Reds had to come from behind to beat the Swans in their final Premier League game ahead of the international break.
Netherlands international Leroy Fer broke the deadlock for the hosts at the Liberty Stadium thanks to a close-range finish.
However, Roberto Firmino levelled in the 54th minute after the Brazil international guided a header past Lukasz Fabianski following Jordan Henderson’s superb cross.
The former Hoffenheim midfielder played a part in Liverpool’s winner after the Brazilian was brought down inside the Swansea area with six minutes remaining and James Milner dispatched his spot-kick to secure three points.
However, former Everton defender Kilbane felt Jurgen Klopp’s right-back Clyne was instrumental in helping Liverpool to come from behind and beat the Welsh outfit.
“Nathaniel Clyne came into it,” Kilbane told Irish radio station Newstalk.
“He has a great second half. They had Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner pushing. They just played five or 10 yards further forward. They were getting into the game more.
“They were creating a lot of width – particularly Nathaniel Clyne. That was the difference.”
Clyne moved to Liverpool in an £11.5m deal from Southampton in 2015 under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool are in fourth place in the Premier League table and two points behind leaders Manchester City.