Koeman says Southampton face a task to keep Nathaniel Clyne at St Mary’s

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman admitted he will struggle to keep talented defender Nathaniel Clyne at the club in the summer, with Liverpool having been linked with his services, reports BBC Sport.

The 24-year-old has been outstanding in his three years in the Premier League, and has since become an England international as a result of his fine form. Signed from Crystal Palace back in 2012, his deal is approaching it’s last 12 months, and as of yet Southampton haven’t managed to undergo contract talks.

Clyne has been linked with Liverpool, as Glen Johnson is set to leave the Merseyside club in the summer, and Southampton may be forced to sell him, rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season. He’s become one of the Premier League’s best right-backs during his time in the top-flight, and has helped the Saints to boast the best defensive record in the division.

Liverpool are desperate to rebuild, as they look set to miss out on the Champions League this season. The Reds have Clyne as one of their main targets this summer to bolster the defence, and Saints boss Ronaldo Koeman admits it will be hard to keep him. He said: We are still trying to keep Clyne in the club. We know it’s not easy as maybe there is some interest. At the moment, there is not a serious bid for whichever player in the team, but we’ll do everything to keep them.”

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