James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keita are all out of contract at the end of the season, while Jordan Henderson and Thiago are all on the wrong side of 30, meaning Klopp will need to start planning ahead for the future as soon as possible.
Keita has played just three times this season having missed most of the first part of the campaign through injury, but Klopp could ruthlessly ditch the midfielder by making a move for a young Ecuadorian talent that is on everyone’s lips at the minute…
The Reds have been interested in the Brighton and Hove Albion sensation for a few months now and although any potential move could cost the club a staggering £85m, it could well be a shrewd investment.
It’s no secret the Liverpool midfield needs to be rejuvenated and Caicedo could become an excellent addition to the side while giving Klopp the licence to bin Keita in the process.
The 21-year-old has been in impressive form this season for Brighton, averaging a Sofascore rating of 7.09/10, while making 1.0 key passes, averaging 70.9 touches, and winning 3.0 tackles per game in the Premier League.
These performances suggest that his all-round ability could allow him to slot into Klopp’s midfield with ease, able to contribute at both ends of the pitch to excellent effect.
Ecuadorian football historian Enrico Castro-Montes sang Caicedo’s praises while speaking to Het Niuewsblad (via Sport Witness), saying:
“In his own country, he is really seen as the crown jewel of a new generation.
“Caicedo really has everything to become the best Ecuadorian footballer of all time. I think that off the ball, he is indeed somewhat reminiscent of Kante, but on the ball, he resembles Paul Pogba with his flair and his technique.”
After announcing the signing of Cody Gakpo earlier this week, Klopp might not be looking at spending £85m for Caicedo in January, however, with the German set to face a potential crisis come the summer, a move next month for the youngster might not be such a bad idea.