Liverpool: Why Nathaniel Clyne is not an upgrade on Glen Johnson

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Nathaniel Clyne completed his move to Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon and is now set to replace Glen Johnson as the club’s new right-back.

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News of Clyne’s transfer was announced via the club’s official Twitter account as he becomes the sixth new arrival on Merseyside this summer.

The Saints star is regarded as one of the best defenders in the Barclays Premier League after impressing many in the media since his arrival at St Mary’s from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2012.

But his Clyne better that the man who he will replace?

Judging by last season’s stats on WhoScored, Johnson may prove to be a difficult man to replace at Anfield.

The 30-year-old came out on top in two vital areas of being a right-back as his passing success percentage (83) and aerial battles won (1.6) [via WhoScored] were better than that of the England international, who scored (78.5%) and (0.4) [via WhoScored] respectively.

Clyne played more games out of the pair last season but only managed to score one more goal than Johnson and both players failed to register an assist in the Premier League.

So have the Reds been too hasty in getting rid of a player who is statistically better than his intended replacement?

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