Brendan Rodgers’ interest in 22 year-old Cardiff City captain Steven Caulker has drawn some frowns and some smiles in the past few days.
With Liverpool lacking defensive strength that saw them concede 50 goals in the Premier League this season, Rodgers will be searching for suitable players that would guarantee him value for money and a tougher defensive back wall. ESPN believe one viable suggestion is one time Tottenham star, Steven Caulker.
Liverpool’s apparent grief from missing out on a first Premier League win at the hands of Man City and their evident distress at throwing away a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace two weeks ago, will be their primary reason for strengthening their defensive lines.
Despite his team being relegated from the tip-flight this season, Steven Caulker’s performances this season have been to a solid standard.
Picking up just one yellow card from 38 appearances this season is perhaps a statistic that would give Rodgers reassurances of the discipline of the young potential England international.
With an average pass accuracy of 74% and zero defensive mistakes made this season in the league, Brendan Rodgers may see a potential star defender in Caulker. Although stats are not the definitive characteristics that confirm the star status of a player, they are pivotal in deciding a players potential.
One can be hopeful that with the right set of players around the 22 year-old, he will only flourish into a future star; and with Liverpool boasting an impressive line-up of players, Caulker will no doubt be in a better position to spread the goods of his game.
The young age of Caulker will also be a deciding factor for his purchase. With most of Liverpool’s defence approaching the thirty year mark including Daniel Agger and Jose Enrique, Rodgers will be hoping that Caulker will be one for the future.
Caulker’s interest in a Liverpool transfer will not doubt be present, especially after a season in which the 18-time league winners have bravely competed against the likes of Chelsea and Man City for the title; which will be perhaps a sight that will be repeated next season.
Many may question whether Caulker will adapt to the pressure of playing for a big team, however, with the right guidance of Rodgers and with the existing discipline of Caulker himself, it seems that a move to Liverpool will be a process that Caulker will handle with ease and may seem as the right decision to benefit his potentially lengthy career.