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Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne

Birthdate: 5 April 1991
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England
Other clubs: Crystal Palace (2008-12), Southampton (2012-15)
Bought from: Southampton
Signed for LFC: £12.5m, 01.07.2015
International debut: 15.11.2014 vs. Slovenia
International caps: 14/0 (9 at LFC) - 15.11.2016
Liverpool debut: 09.08.2015
Last appearance: 16.04.2017
Debut goal: 28.10.2015
Last goal: 14.02.2016
Win ratio: 50% W:44 D:25 L:19
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 5 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 65 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 88 / 2

Player profile

For the fourth time in twelve months Liverpool raided Southampton’s treasure-chest of talent to add full-back Nathaniel Clyne to its first-team squad. With Glen Johnson leaving and doubts about the ability of loanee Javier Manquillo to cope with the rigours of the English game it was no secret that right-back was one of the positions that needed strengthening as another new season drew closer.

Clyne was born in Stockwell in south London and his professional career began at nearby Crystal Palace where manager Neil Warnock had such faith in his ability that he gave the 17-year-old his debut in a home match against Barnsley in October 2008. Twenty-five more appearances in the Championship followed by the end of that season and another 96 over the next three seasons, in the first of which came his debut senior goal in a 4-2 win at Reading in December 2009. The men who succeeded Warnock as Palace manager (Paul Hart, George Burley and Dougie Freedman) knew that it would be hard to hold on to the player if the club could not match his ambitions and it was Freedman who negotiated the defender’s transfer to Southampton during the summer of 2012. Clyne went straight into the first team and only missed four Premier League matches in 2012/13, scoring his first goal at this level when Aston Villa went to the south coast in September. There were fewer appearances in 2013/14 but he did score his first cup goal in an exciting 4-3 home FA Cup win over Burnley. In 2014/15 he was again almost an ever-present and scored a terrific equaliser as Southampton were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Anfield on the season’s opening weekend. Representative honours were not far away. Having played for his country at both Under-19 and Under-21 level national team manager Roy Hodgson called him up into his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia in the autumn of 2014 but he was only an unused substitute in both matches. A full debut eventually came in the same competition against Slovenia at Wembley when he played the whole 90 minutes in a 3-1 victory. At the time of his transfer to Liverpool Clyne had played five times for England’s senior team.

More international caps and hopefully club honours are waiting for a young man who has worked really hard at his game and now has the opportunity to establish himself at one of the country’s biggest clubs. Although only in his mid-twenties he has already appeared in over two hundred English league matches and he could appear in the same number again or more for his new club if he can maintain his previous form and stay clear of injuries. He had a consistent first season at Anfield, starting 52 games in all competitions, more than any other outfield player, scoring twice. He was solid and reliable, rarely spectacular but at the same time making few mistakes, one notable one though being when he gave a penalty away at Old Trafford in the Europa League. He was a capable wing back but primarily a defender and after being called up to Englands Euro 2016 squad hopes are high he can continue his progress in 2016-17.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 65 1 8 14 0 88
2015-2016 33 1 4 14 0 52
2016-2017 32 0 4 0 0 36

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
5 Stoke City
5 Manchester United
5 Manchester City
5 Tottenham
4 Swansea City
4 Chelsea
4 West Ham United
4 Everton
4 Leicester City
4 Southampton
4 Sunderland
4 Bournemouth
4 Arsenal
3 WBA
2 Burnley
2 Watford
2 Aston Villa
2 Hull City
2 Norwich City
2 Rubin
2 Crystal Palace
2 Villarreal
2 Borussia Dortmund
2 Sion
2 Augsburg
1 Bordeaux
1 Sevilla
1 Carlisle United
1 Burton Albion
1 Newcastle United
1 Middlesbrough
1 Derby
Total Started/substitutions
87 Started
3 On the bench
1 Substitute
2 Substituted
Total Competition
65 England Premier League
14 Europa League
8 League Cup
1 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 1 0 0 2
2015-2016 1 0 1 0 0 2
2016-2017 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Aston Villa
1 Bournemouth
Total Started/substitutions
2 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
1 League Cup
1 England Premier League
Total Goal minute period
1 16-30 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
2 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 09.08.2015 Stoke City Britannia St. League
50 05.05.2016 Villarreal Anfield Europe

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 17 28.10.2015 Bournemouth Anfield League Cup

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Crystal Palace 2008-2009 Championship England 26 0 29 0
Crystal Palace 2009-2010 Championship England 22 1 28 1
Crystal Palace 2010-2011 Championship England 46 0 49 0
Crystal Palace 2011-2012 Championship England 28 0 31 0
Southampton 2012-2013 England Premier League 34 1 34 1
Southampton 2013-2014 England Premier League 25 0 29 1
Southampton 2014-2015 England Premier League 35 2 41 3
Total 216 4 241 6
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