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New arrivals will lift Reds to next level, says Clyne

By Staff reporter

New Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne admits the Reds have to improve this season but believes their summer recruitment has signalled their intent.

The now former Southampton right-back became Brendan Rodgers' sixth signing of the close season after completing the paperwork on a five-year contract.

His transfer, costing £10million up front and £2million in add-ons, complements the £29million acquisition of Hoffenheim's Brazil forward Roberto Firmino in addition to the £3.5million spent on teenage Charlton defender Joe Gomez, the arrival of Burnley striker Danny Ings - likely to cost £5million-plus in compensation - and the free transfers of Manchester City midfielder James Milner and Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. Liverpool are also still interested in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

"There is room for improvement and you can see with the signings that have been made, we're pushing for it," he said. "If we get a good pre-season and start the season brightly, it'll be looking good. You can see we've got the players to do it."

Meanwhile, Sunderland have signed defender Sebastian Coates from Liverpool on a four-year deal.

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