Steven Caulker
Rodgers keen on Caulker, reports suggest.Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to be reunited with Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker, reports suggest.

The Reds manager brought Caulker to Swansea City on loan from Tottenham Hotspur during his tenure at the Liberty Stadium, making the 22-year-old an integral part of his defence as the Swans enjoyed an exceptional first campaign in the top flight three seasons ago.

The Daily Telegraph suggest the Northern Irish manager is keen to link up with the towering centre half once again in order to address the problems that have often caused him headaches in defence throughout the season.

Liverpool's frailties at the back have been highlighted over the past month in the absence of Daniel Agger and summer signing Mamadou Sakho, as Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel have been singled out for criticism during a period where the club have conceded 12 goals in their last six Premier League games.

Caulker joined Cardiff during the summer transfer window for a fee of £8.5m from Tottenham but given the Welsh club's precarious position just a point off the foot of the table, they could be presented with the tough task of holding onto the defender in the summer.

The defender has excelled for Cardiff this season despite their position in the league and has seen his efforts rewarded after being named in Roy Hodgson's 30-man England squad for next week's friendly against Denmark.

Of Caulker's selection, Hodgson said: "We have asked Steve Caulker to come in.

"He wasn't in my original list of 30, Jagielka was and so was Jones until I found out it is a few weeks until he returns. It is not the first time it has happened to us."

However the England manager did indicate Caulker will have a job on his hands earning a spot in his final World Cup squad after explaining he already knows who his four choices are.

"We wouldn't be taking more than four centre-backs with us to Brazil," he said.

"I don't think any country would. Jagielka, Cahill, Jones and Smalling – they are our four.

"Caulker is another one and we are unlucky that two of our five are unavailable at the moment."