Transfer News: Liverpool make approach for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo
Liverpool were plagued by injuries at the start of the season with key players in Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all out for contention in the first few fixtures of the new season.
The performances derailed due to that and the results have been there for everyone to see, with a dismal nine points from the first six games with the team performing considerably weaker than previous seasons.
Hence, Jurgen Klopp acknowledged the need for a new midfielder to solve the crisis and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo was one of the names on the club’s wishlist. He just won his 24th cap for Ecuador in the 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia, which is a very impressive number for a 20-year-old player.
Brighton were firm in their stance throughout the summer that the Ecuador international is not for sale with three years remaining on his contract, hence giving the club no urgent reason to sell.
Caicedo to LFC?
However, it is claimed that Liverpool are still interested in the player after securing Arthur on loan from Juventus and see the Ecuador international as a long-term player for the club.
Now, as mentioned above, Liverpool are looking to make their interest more concrete and get ahead of their direct rivals in Chelsea and Manchester United, both of whom have previously registered an interest in the player.
With the surprise move of former Brighton manager Graham Potter to Chelsea, the London club has suddenly become the latest side to register interest in the player, with the manager keen for a reunion, a feeling shared by the player as well. He told Ole.com (h/t Liverpool Echo) earlier this season:
“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.”
Hence, it is clear that there would not be shortage of suitors for the midfielder who is young, aggressive, playing in the Premier League and has a huge ceiling to go to the very top. The sky would be the limit for him under a world-class, proven man-manager like Klopp, who has overseen the development of players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez at Liverpool.
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Therefore, let us be hopeful that the Liverpool board are aware of the interest unfolding and show quick decisiveness to secure the midfielder signing, who has the potential to be a mainstay in the team for many years ahead.