Nathaniel Clyne says he cannot wait for Liverpool’s League Cup final clash with Man City, in what is the first final of the right-back’s blossoming career.
The Reds have a chance to register their first piece of silverware for four years this weekend, with City standing between themselves and glory.
Clyne is hugely excited ahead of the weekend, and also spoke about the impact Jurgen Klopp has made since his arrival in October – in particular his pressing style.
“Everyone is buzzing about the cup final and, for me, it’s my first major cup final so all my friends and family are coming and it’s very exciting for the whole club,” Clyne told the Mirror.
“I think the biggest thing you notice with the manager is the hunger and desire to win the ball back.
“The midfielder, defenders and full backs like me have to work very hard. It has been tough but it’s also been paying off.
“It was something I was used to with the previous manager, I was used to pressing high up the field and it’s no problem. I’m fit and I’m young.
“I think you can see that it’s working and I’m sure we are going to shoot up the table.
“We’ve actually been playing well in games, not always getting results and hopefully if we can win a trophy that will give us confidence and mean we can go on and win a lot more.”
Liverpool’s 2015/16 campaign has been a very inconsistent one littered with injuries, but Clyne felt that the recent 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa was a sign of things to come.
“We’ve had a lot of players out injured, I think the win at Aston Villa showed that we are capable and I’ve felt for a while that a result like that has been coming.” he added.
“A lot of players got on the scoresheet, we’ve got a lot of talent in the squad and when everyone is back I’m sure we’ve got a squad which can be successful.
“It’s definitely exciting times if we can put together a decent run of form because we’ve got the cup final, still got the Europa League and hopefully it can be the start of things to come.”
The 24-year-old has proved to be an excellent signing since arriving from Southampton, bringing top class defensive qualities to the side and proving to be a model of consistency.
He will likely be tasked with keeping ex-Liverpool man Raheem Sterling quiet on Sunday, which could be one of the key match-ups at Wembley.
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