Liverpool are now preparing an emergency loan move for QPR defender Steven Caulker to solve their defensive injury crisis ahead some important fixtures.
Caulker is enjoying a loan spell with Southampton until the end of this season, but the contract with Southampton will be cancelled if a deal can be succeeded to bring him to Liverpool for the rest of this campaign.
Jurgen Klopp is keen to add some numbers, making bids for two highly rated Bundesliga centre-halves Neven Subotic and Joel Matip, but those efforts eventually have been blocked for the time being.
That means a short-term solution is all that is left and Caulker might be the temporary solution Liverpool are looking for until Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren are fully recovered from their respective injuries.
However, it’s not the first time the 24-year-old defender has been scouted by Anfield hierarchy as he was also targeted by former manager Brendan Rodgers.
Caulker was believed to be a fine prospect when he was with Spurs and Cardiff, but somehow lost his way at QPR and moved to Southampton in a bid to revive his career.
The unexpected opportunity to work under a world-class manager like Jurgen Klopp at Anfield would certainly tempt the English defender, who has managed to grab only one senior international appearance and is keen for a fresh start.
Klopp was initially not interested in entering the January transfer market until the end of this season as he had faith in the squad he inherited from Rodgers, but the scenario has changed now due to the injury crisis.
The German manager wanted to bring in centre-half Subotic from his former club Borussia Dortmund, but the German side insisted they were reluctant to do any business in the middle of the season.
Klopp’s desperation to secure the services of Matip from Schalke ultimately became equally problematic, as the defender is reported to be agreeing on a contract extension with Schalke.
The unfortunate breakdown of this two bits forced Liverpool to deep into the loan market to find a short-term solution, and what was suggested to be a quiet month for Liverpool a few weeks ago could now become a busy, challenging month for the Merseysiders.