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Liverpool interested in Cardiff captain to shore up defence

Brendan Rodgers identifies Cardiff defender as one player who could help tighten up Liverpool's defence

MATT LAW

Published 27/02/2014 | 13:58

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Steven Caulker is a reported target of Brendan Rodgers.
Steven Caulker is a reported target of Brendan Rodgers.

Brendan Rodgers is interested in Cardiff captain Steven Caulker as he considers how to tighten up Liverpool’s defence in the summer.

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Liverpool manager Rodgers worked with Caulker for a season at Swansea after signing the central defender on loan for the Welsh club from Tottenham.

Caulker joined Cardiff for £8.5 million at the start of the season and the 22 year-old has been one of the club’s best players in a chaotic and difficult season.

Cardiff are 19th in the Premier League table and relegation to the Championship would leave them a tough task to hold on to Caulker. Should they stay up, then Spurs stand to receive another £2m for the player.

Liverpool’s need for greater strength at the back has been highlighted this month, as Rodgers’ team have conceded nine goals and Kolo Toure has endured a tough time.

Despite the fragility at the back, fourth-placed Liverpool have pulled six points clear of Tottenham in the race for a Champions League place.

It is believed the Anfield club’s summer transfer policy is likely to be affected by whether or not the club qualifies for next season’s Champions League.

While Rodgers is a fan of Caulker, it is unclear whether the Liverpool transfer committee will be as keen on a deal for him.

Telegraph.co.uk

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