Liverpool have completed the signing of QPR centre half Steven Caulker on loan, with the 24-year-old defender eligible to face Arsenal tomorrow evening. Caulker has already joined up with the club and will train with the squad this afternoon.
It marks the rapid completion of a deal that only became known about within the past few hours, with no previous rumoured links to suggest Liverpool had any interest in Caulker, whose loan with Southampton had to be terminated before his move to Liverpool could go through.
Caulker made eight total appearances for Southampton during his time there, with only three league appearances. He forced through a temporary move over the summer after QPR were relegated. As such, it’s hardly going to be the most exciting signing for Liverpool fans.
It is, though, a quite necessary signing. With the club failing to land Neven Subotic or Joel Matip and the January transfer window nearly half way through, there was a need to get a player in to help with the club’s depleted back line. At the very least Caulker fills that need.
Caulker began his career with Tottenham and for a time looked set to break through as an England international. However, moves to Cardiff and QPR have not gone well for the defender, who will hope Liverpool’s injury situation gives him a chance to get his career back on track.