27 May 2016

You're Out: Klopp dumps 'fantastic' £8m Liverpool misfit after Anfield fail. Transfer talks opened

Will Liverpool retain Steven Caulker this summer? Liverpool have an option make the defender's deal permanent, but new reports today (unsurprisingly) suggest that Caulker is close to leaving Anfield.

Liverpool have not officially confirmed the end of Caulker's stay at the club, but according to Sky Sports today:

"Crystal Palace have opened negotiations over the transfer of Steven Caulker".

After sealing the deal in January, Klopp explained why Caulker^ was allegedly the 'best solution' for Liverpool:

"He [Caulker] is a good header of the ball. We want to press so the opponent plays long balls [and] you need people who can help you with headers".

Soon after, Reds legend Mark Lawrenson delivered a withering verdict on Klopp's decision to sign Caulker:

"I don’t think he [Caulker] is anywhere near good enough to become a regular for Liverpool. He couldn’t even get into QPR’s team. He seems to have gone backwards".

Caulker has made just one start for the Reds, and played more games as a makeshift centre-forward than as a central defender, which begs the question: why sign him in the first place?

Klopp could've brought in a loan player capable of playing regularly and making a difference, but he chose instead to sign a squad filler who rarely made the match-day squad, let alone the bench.

Clearly, the allegedly 'fantastic' Caulker was the best solution...for wasting money on a pointless salary.

^ Cost QPR £8m


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