Liverpool fans around the world were shocked on Tuesday to discover that Liverpool had fast-tracked a loan move for out-of-favor QPR center-back Steven Caulker. While the speed at which the move went through was surprising, the fact that Klopp had snapped up an available center-back with Premier League experience was not. The Reds were in the midst of a serious injury crisis with no fit center-backs available and league games against Arsenal and Manchester United on the horizon.
It seems that Caulker himself was as surprised as the rest of us at the speed and efficiency with which Liverpool executed the deal.
"It came as a bit of a shock as I'd had a bit of a frustrating time at Southampton and not had any game time, so then to come to a club like this is fantastic and an opportunity which I couldn't turn down," he said.
"I was behind two good centre-halves there. I signed just before they signed Virgil van Dijk and things didn't quite work out for me but I thank them for the opportunity and now I have moved on to something even greater.
"It was definitely unexpected but I am happy to be here and the gaffer has filled me with confidence.
"For me the ambition is to get as much game time as possible, whether it is up front or in defence I just don't care.
"To wear this shirt is such an honour and I'll see where it takes me at the end of the season."
It's a good thing Caulker seems so game, because his debut for the team came in the last five minutes of the match against Arsenal as Liverpool were searching for a goal. And not in defense, as one would assume. He debuted as a striker, which would have seen crazy if it didn't ultimately work out. Liverpool got their last gasp goal to draw the game, and Caulker got his first run out in a red shirt.
About his debut, he had this to say:
"I was shocked, I thought the gaffer was joking when he said it (go up front)," Caulker added. "With only four or five minutes to go we had to go for it and it paid off. It was an exciting five or six minutes. I was delighted to get on the pitch and help rescue a point. It has been a bit of a roller-coaster but the adrenaline dragged me through."
Caulker will most likely see more action this Sunday when Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield, and in a game so historically nutty, one can only guess what position he'll end up playing.