Brendan Rodgers is interested in Cardiff captain Steven Caulker as he considers how to tighten up Liverpool’s defence in the summer.

Liverpool manager Rodgers worked with Caulker for a season at Swansea after signing the central defender on loan for the Welsh club from Tottenham.

Caulker joined Cardiff for £8.5 million at the start of the season and the 22 year-old has been one of the club’s best players in a chaotic and difficult season.

Cardiff are 19th in the Premier League table and relegation to the Championship would leave them a tough task to hold on to Caulker. Should they stay up, then Spurs stand to receive another £2m for the player.

Liverpool’s need for greater strength at the back has been highlighted this month, as Rodgers’ team have conceded nine goals and Kolo Toure has endured a tough time.