Players - Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne
Birthdate: 5 April 1991
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England
Other clubs: Crystal Palace (2008-12), Southampton (2012-15), Bournemouth (loan 2019)
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: 29.12.2018
Debut goal: 28.10.2015
Last goal: 14.02.2016
Win ratio: 50.49% W:52 D:28 L:23
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 5 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 77 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 103 / 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 were high he could continue his progress in 2016-17. He was steady but not spectacular in that season, appearing in all bar one of the league games but failing to score. A hamstring injury though meant he missed much of pre season and he failed to be ready in time for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. He then suffered a back problem meaning he didn't return to first team action until towards the end of the campaign, by which time Trent Alexander Arnold had made the right back spot his own. Clyne made only five appearances, three of them from the bench and he was an unused substitute in the Champions League final.

In 2018-19 Clyne was in only two of the first sixteen matchday squads, both as an unused substitute. However with Trent Alexander Arnold, Joe Gomez and James Milner all unavailable he was selected to start against Manchester United on 16th December. A solid performance in this game earned him late substitute appearances in the next three fixtures, before he was loaned to Bournemouth for the rest of the season on 4th January 2019. He made fourteen starts and one sub appearance in his time there and was widely expected to leave during the 2019 summer transfer window, but a ligament injury sustained in pre season made any deal look unlikely. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 77 1 9 16 0 103
2015-2016 33 1 4 14 0 52
2016-2017 37 0 4 0 0 41
2017-2018 3 0 0 2 0 5
2018-2019 4 0 1 0 0 5
2019-2020 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
6 Stoke City
6 Manchester United
6 Chelsea
6 Manchester City
5 West Ham United
5 Everton
5 Arsenal
5 Tottenham
5 Southampton
4 Sunderland
4 Leicester City
4 Bournemouth
4 Swansea City
3 Crystal Palace
3 Watford
2 Burnley
2 Aston Villa
2 Hull City
2 Middlesbrough
2 Norwich City
2 Newcastle United
2 Borussia Dortmund
2 Sion
2 Augsburg
2 Villarreal
2 Rubin
1 Burton Albion
1 Sevilla
1 Bordeaux
1 Carlisle United
1 Roma
1 Derby
1 Wolves
Total Started/substitutions
96 Started
10 On the bench
7 Substitute
4 Substituted
Total Competition
77 England Premier League
14 Europa League
9 League Cup
2 Champions League
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
2017-2018 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018-2019 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019-2020 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
100 16.12.2018 Manchester United Anfield League
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
Bournemouth 2018-2019 England Premier League 14 0 15 0
Total 230 4 256 6