Liverpool target Moises Caicedo drops Chelsea hint
As spoken to Ole (h/t Liverpool Echo), Brighton and Hove Albion’s 20-year-old midfielder Moises Caicedo opened up about interest from Chelsea. The midfielder, who was subject to a Liverpool move, talked about it being a “dream” to join the Blues
Caicedo was subject to interest Merseyside following multiple injuries to midfielders at Anfield earlier this summer. Any follow-ups on the interest though did not seem to see any concrete progress. Very recently though, the youngster opened up about his ambitions to join Liverpool’s Premier League rivals, Chelsea.
Although he hasn’t played a lot in the Premier League, his brief stint this season until now with the Seagulls has attracted a lot of eyes from England’s biggest clubs, and with Graham Potter recently making the move from the Sussex side to the Blues, there is an outside chance of one of his favourite players also follows suit.
“I think they [Chelsea] are one of the best teams in the world and nobody would turn down an offer from Chelsea or any other club like that. It’d be a dream to be in the best teams in the world and succeed there.”
The 20-year-old has 16 appearances in all competitions for the Seagulls. Two goals and two assists are what he has racked up until now. The former Beerschot loanee is showing signs of a wonderful future and it will not come as a surprise if he decides to re-unite with Potter at Stamford Bridge.
The manager seems to have a special relationship with the youngster and spoke highly of him when he was still managing proceedings at the Amex.
“He is a top kid, a great person, young, playing in the Premier League and has all the attributes to play at the very, very highest level.”
With what is a clear intent from the youngster to join Chelsea, the chances of Caicedo joining the Reds seem a bit slim at the moment. But in football, there is always an opportunity. Alternatively, the Reds can sign Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa or Youri Tielemans from Leicester City, both of whom are heading into the final year of their contracts at their respective clubs.
Caicedo and Liverpool
Although it remains to be seen if Ecuadorian will move to Liverpool, we shall analyse how he can influence the Reds’ style of play. Initially, though, he will have to play second fiddle to Fabinho, who on form is one of the world’s best holding midfielders.
From the position of a deep-lying playmaker, Caicedo has the ability to carry the ball from the central areas and progress towards the goal. With quicks runners on either wing and a figure like Darwin Nunez upfront, he has multiple options to lay the ball off or take an attempt at goal. He has got a very powerful shot on him as well.
His eagerness to press the opposition would be something that suits Liverpool’s style of play as well. Personally, the author believes it is impractical to sign a player who doesn’t fancy the idea of playing for the Reds in the first place.
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Liverpool are desperate for a midfield shuffle given the susceptibility to injury and the other major issue of an ageing squad. It will not be something out of the blue to see the Reds move for multiple midfielders next summer. Will Caicedo be one of those? Only time will tell.