Is this signing a step in the wrong direction for Liverpool?

Although Jurgen Klopp has certainly landed himself with a rather testing job on his hands at Liverpool this season, many initially saw the January transfer window as the German’s first real opportunity to place his own personal stamp of approval on the current Reds squad down at Anfield.

Several stars still operating in Borussia Dortmund’s ranks have subsequently been linked with big money moves to Merseyside this term – with Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze also reportedly experiencing a fair amount of interest from the Reds.

However, as Liverpool have nonetheless recently completed the loan signing of QPR’s Steven Caulker until the end of the current campaign, maybe Jurgen Klopp will simply have to wait before he can justifiably employ such an ambitious approach in the transfer market.

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With the upcoming fate of Liverpool Football Club seemingly remaining somewhat unpredictable right in the here and now – have the Reds ultimately completed one of the worst moves in their recent history with this latest signing, or could Steven Caulker actually begin to prove a rather shrewd capture on Merseyside this season?

Well, even if the one time England international notoriously made his debut for the Reds as an impromptu last-minute striking option against Arsenal this month, Steven Caulker has clearly been signed as an added backup component for Klopp to consider in his squad this term.

With both Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel suffering injuries at Liverpool in recent weeks, the Anfield faithful now have little choice but to make do with the defensive collaboration of Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho at the back under their newly installed manager – two centre-backs who have also been burdened with their own respective fitness concerns in 2015/16.

Caulker nonetheless has a fair amount of Premier League experience under his belt, he has been very highly rated by certain sections of the English footballing community in the past – and as Queens Park Rangers admittedly saw fit to splash £8million on the defender’s services back in the summer of 2014 – perhaps the 24-year-old Englishman could come in useful one way or another at Liverpool.

However, that is where all the relevant positives surrounding this move seemingly come to a rather abrupt end. Let’s face it – if it had been Brendan Rodgers who had overseen this deal – the former Reds boss would have likely been mocked endlessly throughout the rest of the English top-flight and beyond.

Although Steven Caulker isn’t exactly a ‘bad’ player, he surely can’t represent an asset truly good enough for a side looking to break the top four this season, and reassert their dominance back in the Premier League.

The former Tottenham centre-back arrived at Southampton on a similar type of loan deal at the beginning of the season, and after just a handful of brief appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side this term, the results were ultimately less than successful…

Caulker has also been relegated with both Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers respectively in recent seasons, which doesn’t bode too well for a centre-back supposedly tasked with keeping things tight in defensive positions.

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Yes, the 24-year-old isn’t exclusively to blame for the recent demotions suffered in his career, but the doubt surrounding this deal certainly remains unavoidable for the Anfield faithful.

He may not be considered a first choice option for Liverpool whatsoever this term, and the player in question doesn’t deserve to be discredited for the Reds’ decision to acquire his services in the first place – yet even when looking at this deal from the most positive perspective possible – it can’t help but represent Liverpool’s sheer decline in the Premier League itself, and an inconvenient step in the wrong direction with all things considered.

So then, even if we barely get to see what Steven Caulker has to offer within the English top-flight throughout the rest of the season, this is a move that hardly shines Liverpool Football Club in the most promising light.