Steven Caulker cannot wait to get started and wants to be at Liverpool for many of years.
The centre-back completed his loan deal from QPR yesterday, after Southampton agreed to cancel his temporary contract at St. Mary’s.
The 24-year-old’s been given the no.19 and could be in line for a debut this evening if Mamadou Sakho doesn’t pass a late fitness test.
“It’s a club I’ve watched for many years,” he said, reported in the Echo.
“And I am very aware of the style in which they play and the expectations of the club. It’s a challenge I am very much looking forward to.
“It’d be nice to pull on a Liverpool shirt and walk out at Anfield – that’d be a very special moment. If I make a lot of appearances here, I’d be delighted and it’s something I’d be very proud of. If I can help the team in any way possible, that’d be a big plus to me.
“I don’t know what the future holds but for now it’s about taking each day as it comes, there’s a big game tomorrow and if I’m selected then I’ll obviously try my best to go out there and help the team.
“They don’t come much bigger than that (Arsenal). It’s a tough start but an exciting game and one every kid dreams of playing in. If I get the opportunity then I’ll be raring to go and looking forward to it.”
Caulker knows first hand how good Liverpool can be, having been part of the League Cup Saints side that lost 6-1 to Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and co.
Liverpool ripped him apart that day, and we hope he’s not on the receiving ends of any similar results from now until the end of the season!
“The team have obviously had a change of manager and that can sometimes be difficult, but I was on the receiving end of a battering from Liverpool so I know what they’re capable of and how good of a dressing room it is with a fantastic manager behind them,” he continued.
“It’s a team that can go all the way, it just needs to find rhythm, get the players back fit and who knows where it can end up at the end of the season?
“I am going to try my best to help the team to kick on and do great things. I am very honoured to hopefully wear the shirt one day and be a part of this club.”
With injuries to Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren, Caulker has a fantastic chance to get himself in the side of one of the country’s better teams.
At the start of the week he was owned by a Championship club and sat on the bench at Southampton, but now it’s all changed – and perhaps under Klopp he’ll fulfil his potential.
Caulker’s superb in the air, unlike some of our other centre-backs, which could give our defence something else.