Jurgen Klopp makes loan bid for QPR defender to solve defensive crisis

Steven Caulker's current loan move to Southampton would be terminated
Steven Caulker's current loan move to Southampton would be terminated

Liverpool have made an emergency loan bid for QPR defender Steven Caulker in an effort to solve their defensive injury crisis.

UPDATE 13.02:

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Steven Caulker

Caulker is currently on loan at Southampton until the end of the season, but this would be cancelled if a deal can be arranged to bring him to Anfield for the next six months.

Jürgen Klopp has been desperate to add numbers, targeting Bundesliga centre-halves Neven Subotic and Joel Matip, but those efforts have been blocked.

A short-term measure is all that is available and Caulker could step in until Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren are fully recovered.

It is not the first time 24-year-old Caulker has been targeted by Liverpool as he was also wanted by former manager Brendan Rodgers.

He was considered a fine prospect when at Spurs and Cardiff, but lost his way at Loftus Road and moved to St Mary’s in the hope of reviving his career.

The unlikely opportunity to work under Klopp at Anfield would undoubtedly appeal to the England defender, who has made one senior international appearance and is desperate for a fresh start.

Klopp was initially reluctant to enter the transfer market until the end of the season, but that has changed due to the injury crisis.

The Liverpool manager wanted centre-half Subotic from Borussia Dortmund, but his former club made it clear they were unwilling to do any business mid-season.

Equally problematic was a desire to secure the services of Matip from Schalke, who could sign a pre-contract agreement as he is available on a Bosman in the summer.

That is why Liverpool have instead looked to the loan market in an effort to find a short-term solution, but what was thought to be a quiet month a few weeks ago could now become busy for the Merseyside club.