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Liverpool set to sign England defender on loan

Caulker is set to move to Anfield. Credit: PA

Liverpool are set to complete a deal to sign Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker on loan until the end of the season, according to reports.

The England man has been on loan at Southampton this season but a lack of playing time means Liverpool are hoping that arrangement can be cancelled and he can move to Anfield for the remainder of the campaign.

Caulker's last appearance for Southampton was, ironically, against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup when they were thrashed 6-1.

Manager Jurgen Klopp currently has Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren sidelined by hamstring injuries and although fellow centre-backs Kolo Toure (cramp) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) both look likely to be fit for Wednesday's visit of Arsenal, the German feels he needs more cover.

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Klopp explains Liverpool defensive crisis

Jurgen Klopp has some players coming back. Credit: PA

Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool's defensive injury crisis has cleared a little in time for Arsenal's visit to Anfield on Wednesday night.

Klopp expects Kolo Toure and possibly Mamadou Sakho to play in the middle of his defence against the Premier League leaders, meaning the Reds may not have to deploy Lucas Leiva as a makeshift centre-back.

The situation now is better than it was two or three days before.

I think Kolo will be available so we have a senior centre-back. Mama wants to be available, hopefully we can use him. We will see.

Martin is still a few weeks, Dejan feels good but his time of injury was the 5th of January so only six days (until Monday) - to Arsenal, eight; United, 11, 12, it's close. There will be a moment when we have to decide if it's a risk or if it's a risk we could try or not, but it's not a moment for this, we have to wait.

That's the situation. We have probably Kolo and Mama, and the next one is Lucas, so three senior centre-backs.

– Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool recall goalkeeper from Aberdeen loan

Danny Ward impressed during his time with Aberdeen. Credit: PA

Liverpool have recalled goalkeeper Danny Ward from his loan spell with Aberdeen.

Jurgen Klopp will run the rule over the Welshman in training this week as the German reviews the goalkeeper situation at Anfield.

First choice Simon Mignolet has struggled in his time on Merseyside and his deputy, Adam Bogdan, has made numerous mistakes in his rare outings.

Ward is fit for Liverpool's clash with Arsenal, but is likely to have to settle for place on the bench.

Arsenal boss: Liverpool's Klopp needs to adapt

Jurgen Klopp, left, has complained about the number of games. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger has told Jurgen Klopp he must adapt to the traditions of English football after the Liverpool boss spoke out about his team's fixture pile-up.

The Reds welcome Wenger's league-leading Arsenal to Anfield on Wednesday night after making 11 changes to their team for the 2-2 FA Cup third-round draw at Exeter on Friday night.

I must say you get that from everybody who comes to England at the start because you have to adapt to the English style.

I was like that, and I'm still in favour of a winter break, but without losing the traditions of English football. That is play over Christmas, and maybe have a break in January.

But I believe as well that we go a little bit overboard because today the English clubs are in a financial situation to have a squad of 25 top, top level players. It's not like it was 25 years ago, so we cannot always complain that we play too much because we have players who can rotate, players who want to play.

In every club now, when I look at the bench I am quite impressed with the players who are there and can play, so I don't believe that it's like we have 13 players who have to play every single game.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

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