According to Sky Sports reporter Florian Plettenberg, Liverpool remain interested in signing the Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder.
“News Caicedo: MUFC is planning to enter the race! Bosses highly interested. Also on the list of LFC – next to Bellingham – & spotted by many other top clubs. Teammates say he is an “exceptional player & character”. Brighton hopes that he will stay beyond 2023.”
It is no secret that Liverpool are in desperate need of reinforcements in the centre of the pitch, with many of their current midfielders either coming to the end of their contracts or in the latter stages of their career.
Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner are all entering the last six months of their contracts at Anfield, whilst Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are well into their 30s, leaving only Fabinho, Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones as the longer-term prospects in midfield.
As a result, Jurgen Klopp and his sporting director Julian Ward will need to come together to establish the best way to rebuild the midfield personnel in the team, and with speculation mounting about a move for both Caicedo and Jude Bellingham, it is clear that they are opting for a youth revolution on the red side of Merseyside.
Caicedo has been a stand-out performer for Brighton and at just 21 years old is already proving that he has the confidence and talent to take the next step in his career.
Over 14 Premier League appearances this season, the £85m ace – who was hailed a “serious talent” by producer Aden-Jay Wood – has scored one goal and won 58% of his duels, as well as making an average of 1.1 key passes, 1.4 interceptions, 3.1 tackles and enjoying 67.8 touches per game.
Like Bellingham, the Ecuadorian midfielder offers both an attacking threat and a solid defensive presence in the centre of the pitch, so you can only imagine what the pair could achieve if their talents were combined should they both make a move to Anfield next year.
Indeed, both midfielders are capturing the attention of many elite clubs, so it won’t be easy for Liverpool to secure their signatures, but the investment in the pair could set up the Merseyside giants’ midfield for many years to come.
With that being said, the signing of Caicedo would be a major coup for the Reds and it could be the perfect parting gift from Ward before he leaves Liverpool in the summer.