Saturday 22 October 2016

Adam Lallana: 'Liverpool to kick on with Clyne signing'

Liverpool midfielder hails summer arrivals

Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana believes the club have pulled off a "great coup" with the signing of former Southampton team-mate Nathaniel Clyne.

The England right-back became the Reds' sixth signing of a busy summer when he completed a £12million move on Wednesday.

"It's a massive signing for us," Lallana said.

"To manage to persuade him to sign for Liverpool - as I'm sure there would have been other top clubs, and even European clubs interested in him - is a great coup for us.

"When Southampton signed him from Palace you could see he had potential.

"Since then, he's developed and learnt the game - he's turned from a kid into a man on the pitch.

"He's as solid as they come for a right-back and getting forward, he's got goals in his locker.

"In one versus one situations defensively, he's the kind of full-back you just don't want to come up against."

Clyne, 24, made his England debut last November and is expected to be the replacement for Glen Johnson at both club and international level.

"Last season he probably had his best season at Southampton, got an England call up and he's been a regular in the squad ever since," added Lallana.

"I've not been surprised by his progress."

The Liverpool midfielder is also impressed by the moves the club have already made in readiness for the start of pre-season next week.

"The signings so far have been tremendous," he said.

"There's (Roberto) Firmino, (James) Milner, (Danny) Ings and now Clyne, as well as (Adam) Bogdan and (Joe) Gomez.

"It's a great variety and added to what we've already got, hopefully it can be a good combination for success."

Meanwhile, one of Liverpool's transfer targets Carlos Bacca is set to join AC Milan, the Italian club have announced after reaching an agreement with Sevilla to sign Colombian forward .

The highly-rated striker had been linked to Liverpool and Roma but the Rossoneri have agreed to pay his £21million buyout clause to land Bacca.

A statement from AC Milan read: "AC Milan announces it has reached an agreement with Sevilla for the permanent transfer of Carlos Bacca to Milan, pending a medical that will take place in the coming days." Sevilla were adamant to sell Bacca, who has scored 34 goals in 71 appearances since joining Sevilla two years ago from Club Brugge. The 28-year-old had a prolific 2014-15 campaign, scoring 20 goals in 37 appearances to help the Andalucian club finish fifth in La Liga. He also scored seven goals in the Europa League, including two in last month's final win over Dnipro.

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