Premier League title chasers Liverpool could be set for an unexpected addition into the fold under Jürgen Klopp this summer after reports surfaced earlier this evening linking the Reds with a possible forthcoming bid for Brighton midfielder Moisés Caicedo.
Reports from Ecuadorian journalist José Alberto Molestina claim that Liverpool is primed to table a €50m bid for the 20-year-old Ecuadorian international after the young midfielder rose to prominence on the back end of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.
Liverpool’s interest in Caicedo was reported three days ago by 90min, stating;
“90min understands that Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid are amongst the teams to be keeping tabs on his progress, but Brighton realizes they have one of European football’s most promising young players and insist he is not going anywhere. Sources close to Brighton say there is “no chance” he will leave this summer.”
That interest could now materialize in a formal big money offer from the Reds given interest from other top clubs around Europe.
The Santo Domingo de los Colorados native is a product of the C.S.D. Independiente del Valle academy set up and spent two seasons with Los Negriazules before arriving on the south coast on deadline day during the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.
He spent the first half of last season on loan with Belgian Jupiler Pro League outfit Beerschot VA where he made fourteen appearances across all competitions for De Mannekes before returning to the Amex Stadium, appearing eight times for the Seagulls in the closing weeks of the domestic season to critical acclaim.
According to Graham Potter, Caicedo is loved at the club and enjoying his football while remaining happy at the club, with Brighton intent on keeping hold of the midfield starlet.
But for Liverpool, the need to secure a long-term central midfielder has emerged this season whereas it was first thought that the Anfield club would potentially go all in next summer while being regularly linked with a serious interest in Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Jude Bellingham.
However, injuries to both Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as well as the aging profiles of both James Milner and Jordan Henderson, leave the Reds with just Curtis Jones as the only midfielder under the age of 23, while Naby Keita remains under pressure at the club to finally make good on the promise he showed at RB Leipzig.
Should Liverpool table their offer and Brighton subsequently accept, it would be another example of the club successfully cashing in on a player of note after buying low and getting a substantial financial return in a similar vein with the sales of Yves Bissouma, Marc Cucurella, and Ben White in the last two years.