Liverpool are among the prominent pool of suitors considering a swoop for Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo, who has been a revelation since his introduction to regular Premier League football on the south coast.
With Jurgen Klopp’s Reds failed to unearth the free-flowing cohesion and intoxicating intensity that have so often gone in tandem with the German manager’s footballing philosophy, question marks have been raised high above Anfield with the onus now on finding a solution to steer back on course.
In order to remedy the glaring issues, the overarching consensus is that a midfielder of top-class quality must be clinched to re-establish the stability, and prodigious talent Caicedo has indeed been distinguished, with CBS Sports reporter ben Jacobs confirming the Reds’ interest earlier in January.
Recently Chelsea had a £55m bid for the star rejected, with Albion reluctant to part with their prized asset just yet, touting him at a whopping £75m, and should Liverpool want to clinch his signature, it does appear that they will have to wage transfer war with the opulence of Todd Boehly’s Chelsea.
The phenom, who Enrico Castro-Montes heralded as “eye-catching” and a “crown-jewel”, has been dubbed a tenacious and ubiquitous presence in midfield; a disruptor and tactically astute player, and it is this burgeoning and expansive skill-set that has indeed left Klopp with a glimmer in his eye.
The fact is, much of Liverpool’s lacklustre season boils down to the lackadaisical collective efforts of the floundering midfield, with Thiago Alcantara the only senior central signing since the 2018/19 campaign – and while the Spaniard’s ball-playing pedigree is unrivalled within Merseyside, he is not the physical machine Liverpool yearn for.
The “leader” that is Caicedo, as lauded by talent scout Jacek Kulig, could effectively replace Gini Wijnaldum, who departed Liverpool at the culmination of his contract in 2021, signing for Paris Saint-Germain after making 237 appearances for Liverpool and notably winning the Premier League and Champions League.
Hailed as an incredible athlete and supreme box-to-box gem, Wijnaldum boasts much of the talent Caicedo does, with the South American perhaps more physical, if a little more unrefined on the ball.
But with age on his side, the 21-year-old Caicedo must find himself in Liverpool red this year if the prestigious outfit are indeed to land a player capable of taking them right back to the very top of the game.
Considering Caicedo’s emphatic introduction to life in the Premier League, the centrepiece to all the good work that the Seagulls have forged, it is a no-brainer that he must be considered for transfer by Liverpool.
Much like the signing of Wijnaldum in 2015, he already plays his trade in the English top-flight with Klopp no doubt now hoping to repeat that trick by delving deep into the market and emerging with a catalyst to pump vibrant life into the side.
Tim Vickery once said that he is the “real deal”, and Julian Ward must now push any caution aside and pounce.