Players - Steven Caulker

Steven Caulker
Birthdate: 29 December 1991
Birthplace: London, England
Other clubs: Tottenham Hotspur (2009-13), Yeovil Town (loan 2009–10), Bristol City (loan 2010–11), Swansea City (loan 2011–12), Cardiff City (2013–14), Queens Park Rangers (2014-17), Southampton (loan 2015-16), Dundee (2018), Alanyaspor(2019-21), Fenerbahce (2021-22), Gaziantep (loan 2021-22), Karagumruk (2022-)
Bought from: Queens Park Rangers
Signed for LFC: loan, 12.01.2016
International debut: 14.11.2012 vs. Sweden
International caps: 1/1
Liverpool debut: 13.01.2016
Last appearance: 30.01.2016
Win ratio: 25% W:1 D:2 L:1
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 6 / 0
League games / goals / assists: 3 / 0 / 0
Total games / goals / assists: 4 / 0 / 0

Player Profile

Steven joined Liverpool on loan in January 2016 to add experience and aerial power to a defence depleted by injuries which had also been letting in too many goals from crosses and set pieces. His debut came in the closing stages of a game against Arsenal, when he was brought on as a makeshift forward as the Reds trailed 3-2.

Caulker was a product of Tottenham Hotspur's academy but after signing professional forms in 2009 at the age of seventeen he spent three out of the four years of his contract on loan, at Yeovil, Bristol City and Swansea. It was whilst at Swansea in 2011-12, their first top flight season for 29 years, that he attracted the attention of the national side and was called up to the UK 2012 Olympic squad and then played for England in a friendly against Sweden in November 2012, scoring a goal.

After making 28 appearances for Spurs in 2012-13 he joined newly promoted Cardiff City for £8million, playing every minute of a Premiership campaign that ended in relegation. He then joined Queens Park Rangers with whom he was relegated again, leading to a loan to Southampton for the 2015-16 season. Prior to the transfer window he made only three league appearances and the loan was cancelled, leading to him joining the Reds on 12th January for the remainder of the season. His first three appearances were as an late emergency striker, setting up a 95th minute winner for Adam Llallana at Norwich. He  and he then played the full ninety minutes of the FA Cup 4th round tie against West Ham and but apart from two occasions as an unused substitute never featured again. It was no surprise when Liverpool showed no interest in making his loan move permanent. He returned to QPR and was a regular at the start of 2016-17 but lost his place after a hip injury. He looked set to join Lokomotiv Moscow on loan in January, the Daily Mirror reporting that the Russian club were picking up his £30,000 a week wages. However they then pulled out of the deal accusing him of having unrealistic demands and he didn't make any more of QPR's matchday squads that season

After being released by QPR, Caulker joined Dundee on 8th February 2018 and impressed. However he expressed a wish towards the end of the August 2018 transfer window to seek a new challenge and although he was under contract, the club decided to release him rather than keep an unhappy player on what was big wages for them. He then remained without a club until the middle of January 2019, when he signed for Turkish side Alanyaspor. After spending the first three games on the bench, his debut came as a 90th minute substitute in a forward role as his side chased an equaliser. He forced his way into the starting line up in central defence in April and ended the season having made nine starts and scored one goal. In 2019/20 Caulker was a regular in central defence for Alanyaspor, helping them to Europa League qualification. 

In 2020/21 Alanyaspor were title challengers in the first half of the season but eventually finished seventh. Caulker though was rejuvenated, scoring three times and at the end of the season he agreed a two year deal with Fenerbahce. He thanked Alanyaspor's fans for helping him rebuild his career which had been blighted by drink and gambling addiction. However, the arrival of Vitor Pereira as manager soon afterwards was not good news for Caulker and he was loaned to Gaziantep without making an appearance. In December 2021 he received clearance from FIFA to switch international allegiance and the following month played three times for Sierra Leone in the African Cup of Nations. Fenerbahce released him in the summer of 2022 but he remained in Turkey for 2022/23 joining Karagumruk. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 3 1 0 0 0 4
2015-2016 3 1 0 0 0 4
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
1 90 West Ham United
1 3 Arsenal
1 1 Manchester United
1 1 Norwich City
Total Started/substitutions
1 Started
2 On the bench
3 Substitute
0 Substituted
Total Venue
3 Home
1 Away
Total Competition
3 Premier League
1 FA Cup
Total W D L Win % Manager
4 1 2 1 25% Jürgen Klopp
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 13.01.2016 Arsenal Anfield League
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Yeovil Town 2009-2010 England League One 44 0 46 0
Tottenham 2010-2011 England Premier League 0 0 1 0
Bristol City 2010-2011 England Championship 29 2 30 2
Swansea City 2011-2012 England Premier League 26 0 26 0
Tottenham 2012-2013 England Premier League 18 2 28 2
Cardiff City 2013-2014 England Premier League 38 5 39 5
QPR 2014-2015 England Premier League 35 1 36 1
Southampton 2015-2016 England Premier League 3 0 8 0
QPR 2016-2017 Championship 13 2 14 2
QPR 2017-2018 Championship 2 0 4 0
Dundee 2017-2018 Scotland 1 12 1 12 1
Dundee 2018-2019 Scotland 1 2 0 5 0
Alanyaspor 2018-2019 Turkey 1 10 1 11 1
Alanyaspor 2019-2020 Turkey 1 29 1 37 1
Alanyaspor 2020-2021 Turkey 1 32 3 36 4
Total 293 18 333 19