Clyne eyeing Premier League title

Liverpool newcomer Nathaniel Clyne believes that the Reds have what it takes to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

The full-back, who arrived at Anfield from Southampton for £12million, feels that Liverpool have sufficient firepower to replicate – or improve on – their showing from the 2013/14 season when they finished as runners-up to Manchester City.

Last season was not as successful for Brendan Rodgers' side, as they struggled following the exit of star striker Luis Suarez, eventually finishing in sixth.

Clyne is one of a number of off-season recruits, with James Milner, Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke among those to arrive on Merseyside, and the England international feels that these signings will catapult the Reds up the standings.

"Two seasons ago, Liverpool were pushing and nearly won the league, so we're not too far away and with the additions to the team this year, we are looking to push on again," Clyne told the Liverpool Echo.

"Hopefully we can push for the title this season.

"You can see with the team and the quality that we have got that we can have a special season."

The 24-year-old was one of the standout performers in the Saints squad that proved to be a surprise package last season, and having now made the step up to one of Premier League's big guns, he is determined to make the most of his chance.

“If you work hard you get the big opportunity and chance to play at a big club like Liverpool,” he said.

“We had a great season at Southampton and had one of the best defensive records in the league. That put my name on the map.

“I think it’s important to get as much game-time in as you can while you are young. I’ve worked my way up through the leagues and now I’m here at a top club like Liverpool so happy days.”