Jurgen Klopp explains why Liverpool signed Steven Caulker
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the current injury crisis at Anfield prompted the Reds to sign Steven Caulker
Jurgen Klopp says he is “absolutely convinced” that Steven Caulker is the solution to Liverpool’s on-going centre-half crisis.
The Reds signed the England international on loan from Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season on Tuesday afternoon.
I am looking forward to working with him. He will be here today and then we can start working, so everything is good!
Caulker was on loan at Southampton earlier this season but the deal was cut short in order to allow Liverpool to sign the former Tottenham man.
Klopp, who replaced Brendan Rodgers in October, is currently without regular centre-halves Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren due to injury.
The 48-year-old Reds boss explained why Liverpool had to sign a centre-half to provide cover amid their mounting injury problems.
Klopp told Liverpool’s website: “It was very important for us. In our situation, four weeks ago we didn’t know we’d have a problem with centre-halves because they were all in the race.”
The Liverpool manager continued: “We looked for Premier League experience because in this short time, you need that experience.
“We looked for a good header [of the ball] because that’s what we need – we want to play good pressing, we want to press the opponent and so they have to play long balls. If they play long balls, you need people in the last line who can help you with headers.
“And we’ve found it with Steven Caulker. He was not in the best situation in Southampton, didn’t play too much, but this is January and we want to have the best solution for us and we are absolutely convinced that Steven is the best solution for us.
“I am looking forward to working with him. He will be here today and then we can start working, so everything is good!”
Caulker earned his only England cap in 2012 but the centre-half has failed to build on his early promise at Tottenham Hotspur.
Caulker has previously played for Cardiff City and Southampton and he moved to QPR in 2014 but was unable to help the west London side avoid relegation.
Caulker has also had loan spells at Yeovil Town, Bristol City and Swansea City during his spell at Spurs.