Liverpool's newest addition Steven Caulker would have been more or less shocked to hear that the Merseyside outfit wanted to take him on loan for the rest of the season.
He would have been even more shocked on Wednesday evening when Jurgen Klopp called him back from his touchline warm-up to tell him he was entering what was an intensely contested match against Arsenal. Oh, and he was told to play as a striker.
Yes, you heard correctly. The lumbering centre-back was charged with the task of finding Liverpool an elusive equaliser in the dying minutes. He didn't achieve his goal, although it came from, arguably, an even unlikelier source in Joe Allen.
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It capped what has been a hugely surprising week for the English centre-back. Indeed, he suggested that he would have rather backed himself to win the National Lottery than be playing alongside Christian Benteke on Liverpool's frontline.
Writing on Instagram, he said: "I think on Saturday morning I would have had shorter odds to win the lotto than to be making my Liverpool debut UPFRONT 4 days later lol! What an honour 🙌🏾⚽️ #godisgood #lfc"
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If Caulker is to make any sort of impact at Liverpool, he will need their injury problems in defence to continue. If fit, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren would all be above him in the pecking order.
But, of course, it seems Caulker could always lend a helping hand in the dying moments of games. His imposing figure threatened to cause Arsenal's defenders all sorts of problems during his brief cameo and, if long ball is Klopp's game, he could certainly provide a target for Jordan Henderson and Co. to aim at.
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