I signed for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool weeks after playing the worst game of my career against them.

According to the story, Steven Caulker received a surprise move to Liverpool only weeks after being trounced 6-1 by them with Southampton. The defender, who is now a player-manager for Spanish non-league team Malaga City, joined the Reds on loan in the middle of the 2015/16 season.

Caulker joined Southampton on loan from Queens Park Rangers before moving to Anfield. During his last weeks at St Mary’s, they lost 6-1 at home to Liverpool in the League Cup, which Caulker described as the worst match of his career.

During an appearance on talkSPORT Drive to discuss his move to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, he stated: “I’m not sure he actually knew me when I signed, whether I was his signing or the club’s signing.” Regarding his previous experience versus Liverpool, he stated, “It’s actually really interesting…” I played for Southampton against Liverpool.

“I officially had the worst game of my career. We lost 6-1, and two months later, I joined with Liverpool. So I’m not sure how it happened, and I still don’t know to this day, but it did.Two days later, I was playing up front against Arsenal at Anfield. “We got a late equalizer… not because of me, but whatever, I played my part, I was on the pitch, and it was just amazing.”

Despite Caulker’s defensive qualities, Klopp chose to put him up forward, and he had a memorable moment when he assisted Joe Allen’s late goal in the 3-3 draw.

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“To be honest I was ecstatic,” he told talkSPORT.com. “First of all to make my debut at Anfield was a great moment but when I was told I was playing up front it was a bit surreal.”It does sum him up as a manager in the sense that he is ready to take risks; you can see this right now with his willingness to bring in young players.

“He believes in the squad he’s got, he believes in you and you feel the belief which is important, it’s not just words with him, you genuinely believe it.”It was a fantastic experience, and I’m delighted to have played those minutes up front and scored the equalizer against Arsenal – what a moment.”

Caulker joined Liverpool three months after Klopp arrived, and the German has now won every major prize available at Anfield. When asked if he could predict what the Reds manager will achieve, the centre-back replied: “Honestly, I’m not just saying this, but you could.

“You could see by the work he did on a daily basis and the development the team was making that they were going to be successful. “In training, I was often in the second XI; you have the starting XI, and I was on the bench, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to play out, while the pressure improved. In all honesty, it was becoming clear that they were going to become a top-tier team.”

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