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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher hails new signings

'Credit to the club for getting these deals done early ... another striker still needed though'

Published 25/06/2015

Jamie Carragher played 737 games for Liverpool
Jamie Carragher played 737 games for Liverpool

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has praised his old club for getting ahead of the game in the transfer market as a sixth summer signing edges closer in the form of Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne.

A deal, reported to be worth £12.5million, for the England right-back is at an advanced stage and he would become the sixth arrival at Anfield.

Clyne, 24, is currently on holiday but he is expected to be signed on a five-year deal on his return.

There appears to have been a determined effort to get signings done early this year with the arrival of Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino, Manchester City midfielder James Milner, Burnley striker Danny Ings, Charlton defender Joe Gomez and Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan already done.

The capture of Clyne would virtually complete the business the club set themselves after finishing sixth last month, losing their Champions League status after just one year.

Carragher believes completing so much business even before the players are due back in for pre-season should benefit the Reds.

"I saw Nathaniel Clyne at St Mary's after a game last season and told him to sign for LFC - he took my advice!" the former centre-back wrote on Kicca.

"I think it's another good signing for the club to go along with the other business already done.

"The early deals were a couple of squad players (Ings and Bogdan) and also James Milner, who are all an improvement on what's currently in the squad.

"The last week has seen the signings of Clyne & Firmino, which will improve the team more than the squad and that's what costs the big money.

Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino and Simon Mignolet
Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino and Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet: Despite the arrival of Hungarian goalkeeper Adam Bogdan on a free transfer from Bolton, Mignolet will retain to No 1 jersey. The Belgian finished last season strongly despite suffering what he called football's versions of the yips at the back end of last year. Having been temporarily dropped by Rodgers, Mignolet says being told by his fianceé he was overthinking things made him change his ways and made him more decisive.
Nathaniel Clyne: England international is on the brink of a £12.5m switch from Southampton, who have now accepted the club's bid. The 24-year-old will solve the long-standing full-back problem at Anfield, exacerbated by Glen Johnson's
Mamadou Sakho: The £15million signing from PSG in 2013 has come a long way since storming out of the ground after being omitted from the squad for the Merseyside derby last September. A club fine followed, but rather than sit and stew, the French defender worked hard to establish himself as an integral member of Liverpool’s revamped system in the second half of last season.
Martin Skrtel: The experienced head in Liverpool's back line - even though he lost it briefly last year when he was handed a three-game suspension for a stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. The Slovakia international's current deal expires in 2016 but Rodgers is keen to keep him at Anfield.
Alberto Moreno: Started well last season after joining from Sevilla for £12million but faded as the campaign went on and attracted criticism from certain corners for his carelessness on the ball in dangerous situations - most memorably in the 4-1 defeat to Arsenal in April. Will need a vast improvement next season if he wants to hold on to his place.
James Milner: The 29-year-old gave up a supporting role at Manchester City to become one of Rodgers’ chief lieutenants at Liverpool following the departure of Steven Gerrard. The England international will add experience and endeavour to Rodgers' young squad and can act as a leader in the dressing room.
Jordan Henderson: Expected to take over the captaincy, England international signed a new deal at Anfield worth £100k-a-week at the back end of last season. Henderson's game has evolved under Rodgers and his performances have seen him blossom into one of Roy Hodgson's best midfielders.
Emre Can: German is a potential heir to Gerrard and after a slow start at Anfield, he now looks the part and is mature beyond his 21 years of age. Was effective when he slotted into Rodgers' three-man defence at the turn of the year but is more likely to start in midfield in what will probably be a 4-2-3-1 formation next season.
Adam Lallana: Had a frustrating first season at Anfield, with injuries stalling his progress. With Gerrard departing and Raheem Sterling likely to exit, more responsibility will fall on the shoulders of the England international. Needs to step up.
Philippe Coutinho: The 22-year-old was Liverpool’s most improved player and his work-rate and tenacity is an example to the likes of Mario Balotelli. Brazilian playmaker will be expected to chip in with a few more goals while Roberto Firmino finds his feet.
Roberto Firmino: Liverpool's newest recruit and, at £28m, their priciest one to date. Firmino's 23 Bundesliga goals over the last two seasons with Hoffenheim equalled that of Marco Reus and was only three fewer than Thomas Muller. If given time to settle in England, the Brazilian could be the goalscoring ingredient that Liverpool so badly lacked last season, especially with Daniel Sturridge set to miss the start of the campaign with injury.

"Credit to the club for getting these deals done early as every club wants to do that but few do. Another striker still needed though!"

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The club are continuing their pursuit on that front with interest in Sevilla's Columbia centre-forward Carlos Bacca and Venezuela's Salomon Rondon, who have both been in action at the Copa America.

Reds chief executive Ian Ayre has now returned home from Chile having secured the Firmino deal but the pair remain an option, although Sevilla have warned Bacca will not come cheap with a buy-out clause reported to be £25million.

"I'm no fortune-teller but top strikers in the market there aren't that many. Bacca has averaged 24.5 goals, 21 goals in his first season at the club and 28 in his second," Sevilla sporting director Monchi told the club's website.

"I hope no one pays his buy-out clause. (£25million). It's a risk we take but we can't do anything about that.

"We gave him a new contract 10 months ago and I believe he and his family are very happy here but I cannot predict the future."

With a sixth signing on the verge of completion it means manager Brendan Rodgers has spent about £50million on strengthening his squad - coincidentally the same amount Liverpool value Raheem Sterling at having recently turned down an offer £10million shy of that from Manchester City.

The club maintain this summer's outlay - particularly that of £29million Firmino, who will become their second most expensive signing in their history - is not dependent on the sale of their wantaway England winger.

However, with no likelihood of the 20-year-old extending his contract beyond the current two years remaining and relations with his agent Aidy Ward having deteriorated in the last couple of months it appears increasingly possible.

The Clyne transfer is the fourth between Southampton and the Merseyside club in the last 13 months - taking the total cost of Saints signings to £60million - after last summer's signing of Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.

Of that trio only the latter looked close to fitting in at Anfield with Lambert expected to be moved on in the next few weeks and Lovren fighting for his first-team place.

Clyne is not likely to have the competition his former Saints team-mate faced with Javier Manquillo, due to start the second year of his loan from Atletico Madrid, having struggled to impress and academy graduate Jon Flanagan not going to be fit from a second knee injury until late in the year.

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