Steven Caulker has joined Liverpool on loan until the end of the season, and we look at how the 24-year-old could help solve the Reds’ Achilles’ heel.
Caulker’s transfer was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon, with the Englishman joining from Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season.
Notably, the ex-Tottenham man fares well when comparing the Reds’ other centre-backs in an area where they have often struggled in recent times.
As seen throughout his time in the Premier League, Caulker’ aerial prowess a key feature of his game.
In 2014/15, for example – it is hard to compare this season, because he has only featured sporadically – he won an average of 4.4 aerial duels per game.
A lack of errors was also evident while Caulker played for a soon-to-be-relegated QPR side last season.
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Though Caulker will be required to adopt a more nuanced, all-round game under Klopp, the Englishman’s aerial ability will be a welcome addition to the Liverpool defensive line.
Importantly, Caulker is able to organise those around him, having captained Cardiff City throughout the 2013/14 season.
Though something of an underwhelming signing for Liverpool supporters, Caulker’s attributes could give Klopp’s squad an edge in both defence and attack.
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