Rodgers eyes £8.5m man for Liverpool reunion to solve defensive woes

Steven Caulker

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly looking to strengthen his defence, and could target one of his former players to solve his woes.

The Reds have had troubles defending lately, with players like Kolo Toure committing costly mistakes and giving away soft goals. In fact, Liverpool have conceded 35 goals this season – the most of any team in the top seven of the Premier League, including Manchester United, who have struggled hugely this season.

With question marks still surrounding the future of Daniel Agger, Rodgers may be forced into a summer signing in order to replenish his backline, and a new name linked with a move to Anfield is Steven Caulker of Cardiff City.

The England international left Tottenham Hotspur last summer for a move to South Wales, as Cardiff forked out around £8.5m to secure the 22-year-old upon their promotion to the Premier League.

His impressive displays under Malky Mackay and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have led to an England recall, as the central defender looks set to feature in Wednesday's friendly against Denmark at Wembley.

Rodgers is particularly interested in signing Caulker having worked with him for a season at Swansea City, where the defender signed on loan. He enjoyed a productive season under Rodgers at the Liberty Stadium, but became a part of Spurs' first team upon his return to White Hart Lane, only to find himself low down the pecking order.

The Liverpool boss has shown before that he likes to work with players who he has coached before, bringing former Chelsea reserve Fabio Borini and Swansea's Joe Allen to Merseyside, as well as a valiant attempt to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was managed by Rodgers at both Reading and Swansea, only for the Iceland international to turn down a reunion and sign for Spurs.

With Cardiff looking poised for relegation, the prospect of signing for a title contender in Liverpool would be too tempting for both the Bluebirds and Caulker to turn down, and with bags of potential, could the England man establish himself as one of the country's top centre halves under Rodgers?

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