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Liverpool could ditch Harvey Elliott by signing Moises Caicedo

The January transfer window is now open for business and Liverpool have already made one move in the market to improve their squad.

Jurgen Klopp brought in Netherlands international Cody Gakpo from Dutch side PSV at the start of the month and the German coach may be on the lookout for further reinforcements before February.

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One area in which the former Borussia Dortmund manager may want to strengthen is the midfield department as the Reds have been caught out in that position at times this season.

19-year-old midfielder Harvey Elliott has been given an increased role in the team this term and has started 12 of the club’s Premier League matches to date, whilst he featured in all 17 of their games in the division.

The youngster has averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.80 in the Premier League, which places him 16th in the squad, and Liverpool could ditch him from the starting XI by bringing in a new recruit.

A player who could come in to take Elliott’s place in the side is Brighton dynamo Moises Caicedo, who is reported to be of interest to the Reds.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed that the club are keen on the midfielder. He said:

“They very much admire the player and have done historically. When he was at Independiente del Valle before he joined Brighton, they did explore signing Moisés Caicedo.

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“It’s what’s been termed to me as a messy deal because even though Brighton could be persuaded to sell for a high price this January, the representation side of things is problematic. There’s more than one agent and he also changed his agent towards the back end of the summer.”

Caicedo, who is valued at £70m, was once hailed as a “terrific athlete” by South American expert Tim Vickery and a “revelation” in the Premier League by football talent scout Jacek Kulig.

He has averaged a Sofascore rating of 7.11 in the division for Brighton this season and made a whopping 4.3 tackles and interceptions, whilst also creating 1.1 chances, per game for the Seagulls.

Elliott, meanwhile, has averaged 1.0 tackles and interceptions and 0.9 key passes in the league for Liverpool and this suggests that Caicedo, who is two years older than the Reds gem, would be a huge upgrade on him in the middle of the park.

The Brighton talent offers more at both ends of the pitch and that is reflected in their respective average ratings in the top-flight this season, which is why Klopp could ditch the teenager by signing the Ecuador international.