Liverpool have completed the €17.5 million signing of Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton.

The Merseysiders won the race to sign the right-back ahead of Manchester United, despite Clyne informing the Red Devils in April that he would be eager to move to Old Trafford.

Clyne completed a medical on Monday before officially rubber-stamping his move to Liverpool, with the initial figure standing at €14.7m, and becomes Brendan Rodgers’s sixth signing of a busy summer window so far.

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The England international, who will replace soon-to-be-free-agent Glen Johnson, follows Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and youngster Joe Gomez in moving to Anfield.

Rodgers has embarked on a massive recruitment drive as he bids to reverse the Reds’ fortunes following a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, with a rebuild needed even more after Steven Gerrard’s departure to LA Galaxy and the potential sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City.

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Clyne has emerged as one of the stand-out defenders in the Premier League and was part of a defensive unit that conceded just 33 goals last season, keeping 15 clean sheets.

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His strong form saw him called up to the England team by Roy Hodgson in 2014, making his international debut in a 3-1 victory over Slovenia.

Southampton have already brought in a replacement for Clyne, who was set to be out of contract next summer, with Portuguese right-back Cedric having joined from Sporting at the start of June.

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