Cape Town - Former Southampton star Adam Lallana is delighted to have his former colleague and national teammate Nathaniel Clyne join him at Liverpool.
On Wednesday, Clyne made his switch to Liverpool official with Lallana revealing that the 24-year-old defender did not need much persuasion to make the move to Anfield.
"It's a massive signing for us. I played with him for a couple of
seasons at Southampton and since they signed him, he's come on a lot." Lallana told Liverpoolfc.com,
"Last season he probably had his
best season at Southampton, got an England call up and he's been a regular in
the squad ever since.
"To manage to persuade him to
sign for Liverpool - as I'm sure there would have been other top clubs, and
even European clubs interested in him - is a great coup for us."
Lallana also revealed that the pair discussed the move while on holiday together earlier in the summer.
"I've spoken to him [about the
move] and I was actually on holiday with him for a little bit this summer - we
were in America together. I managed to speak to him about it there and I kind
of knew it could be on the cards.
"His intentions were there and
he was hoping the deal could get sorted.
"Liverpool explains itself. The
whole world knows about Liverpool. I just said to him that I hoped the deal
would get done as it'll be a great place for him to improve even more,
especially under Brendan Rodgers' guidance."
Clyne follows James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino in agreeing transfers to Liverpool ahead of next season.
Clyne made 94 Barclays Premier League appearances during the past three seasons, after switching to the south coast side in 2012 from Crystal Palace.