Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Steven Caulker on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers.
In a story broken by the typically reliable Paul Joyce of the Daily Express, Liverpool approached Championship club QPR with regards to signing centre-half Caulker on an emergency loan this week.
Three of the Reds’ four first-team central defenders are currently injured, with Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel sidelined with hamstring injuries, and Mamadou Sakho nearing a return from a knee problem.
Kolo Toure therefore represents Jurgen Klopp’s only fit option in central defence, and so Caulker has been brought in for defensive cover.
The 24-year-old has spent the first half of the season on loan at Southampton, but has featured in just three Premier League games, starting one in August. His last appearance for Saints came in a 6-1 defeat against some random side in the Capital One Cup.
Southampton have agreed to terminate the loan deal to facilitate the England international’s move to Anfield. Caulker has been registered by Liverpool in time for their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Wednesday.
Klopp has discussed his need for a defender this month despite being previously opposed to January signings, but Liverpool’s injury crisis has forced his hand.
Caulker’s last two full Premier League campaigns have ended with relegation at Cardiff and QPR respectively.