Steven Caulker to Liverpool: Latest Loan Transfer Details, Reaction and More

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Steven Caulker of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have signed Queens Park Rangers centre-back Steven Caulker on loan until the end of the 2015-16 season.   

The Reds announced the move on Tuesday:

Caulker was previously on loan at Southampton for the first half of the current Premier League campaign.

The 24-year-old Englishman will provide much needed cover in the centre of manager Jurgen Klopp's defence, which has recently been crippled by injuries to Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho.

He made only three top-flight appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side in his short-term spell at St. Mary’s—two of them as a substitute, per

Caulker does have decent Premier League experience from previous spells with Tottenham Hotspur, Cardiff City and Swansea City.

He has also been capped by England, and he will be available for Liverpool’s vital league clash with Arsenal at Anfield on Wednesday, per Andy Hunter of the Guardian, citing a statement on the club's official website.

However, Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe is sceptical of the move, especially with reports suggesting the Reds had to pay Southampton to cancel their loan agreement:

One previous reported centre-back target for the Reds was Neven Subotic, but Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel recently ruled out any such move for the Serbian, per the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce.

However, Inter Milan's Andrea Ranocchia did look like a signing Liverpool could make, per Bleacher Report's Dean Jones:

Caulker will have to prove his worth at Anfield, as he will be under intense scrutiny but, given how desperately the Reds need cover at the back, Klopp will undoubtedly be relived to have made an early signing in January.