Liverpool confirm loan signing of QPR defender Steven Caulker

Steven Caulker of Liverpool in action during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on January 12, 2016 in Liverpool, England
Image: Steven Caulker in action during a training session at Melwood on Tuesday

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of defender Steven Caulker on loan from QPR until the end of the season.

The club have announced the relevant paperwork has been completed in time to allow the centre-back to be eligible for selection for the visit of Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

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Caulker has been on loan at Southampton but has found first-team opportunities limited, making just eight appearances for the Saints, including just one in the league.

The 24-year-old  is expected to train with his new team-mates on Tuesday afternoon after travelling to Merseyside from London.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was desperate for defensive reinforcements after injuries to central defensive quintet Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Touré and Joe Gomez.

Steven Caulker: The defender has endured successive relegations with QPR and Cardiff City.
Image: Caulker has joined Liverpool on loan from QPR

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman said: "Steven came in in the summer before we signed Virgil van Dijk because we had long-term injuries and he was a back-up.

"He didn't play a lot and normally we have more defenders for that position. I am not to stop his opportunity to play for Liverpool."

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He (Caulker) didn't play a lot and normally we have more defenders for that position. I am not to stop his opportunity to play for Liverpool.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman

Tiago Ilori was handed his Liverpool debut by Klopp in Friday's 2-2 FA Cup draw at Exeter City after being recalled from his season-long loan at Aston Villa.

Klopp confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Toure is in line to return against his former side on Wednesday, with Sakho and Lovren struggling to be fit for the game.

Tottenham academy graduate Caulker, who was capped by England in a 2012 friendly against Sweden, is expected to be named on the bench for the clash with Arsenal.

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