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Liverpool are now front-runners in Moises Caicedo race

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Moises Caicedo since last summer and now a new update has emerged on the club’s pursuit of the player.

What’s the latest?

According to The Mirror, Liverpool are one of the Premier League clubs that are front-runners in the race to sign the Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder.

As per the report, Brighton has slashed their asking price to £65m with Newcastle United and Chelsea also keen to secure the player’s signature in 2023.

It is claimed that the more affordable price tag will be well received by the powers at Anfield as they endeavour to rebuild the midfield personnel in the squad, with Jude Bellingham also named in the publication as a top target for Liverpool.

 Huge Fabinho upgrade

The pressure to improve performances on the pitch is verging on overwhelming for Jurgen Klopp, especially after the disappointing display against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup third-round on Saturday night that has left the side subjected to a replay after a 2-2 result at Anfield.

Liverpool are also currently sixth in the Premier League – seven points adrift from the top four – whilst being knocked out of the Carabao Cup and facing a challenging two-leg clash with reigning champions Real Madrid in the Champions League next month.

As a result, the signing of Caicedo over the current transfer window could be exactly what Klopp needs to add depth and star quality in the centre of the pitch ahead of the second half of the season.

Over 16 top-flight appearances this season, the 21-year-old – who was hailed the “real deal” by journalist Tim Vickery – has scored one goal and registered one assist while creating two big chances.

He has been supreme in possession, tallying up an 88% pass completion rate, as well as averaging 1.4 interceptions, 2.9 tackles and 5.8 duels won per game.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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As a result, Klopp could land a huge Fabinho upgrade with the signing of the talented Ecuador international.

His defensive attributes in midfield this season alone far outweigh those of the Brazilian ace who has not been at his best so far, with the player’s form very much having “fallen off a cliff” in the words of Redmen TV’s Ste Hoare.

Caicedo has outperformed Fabinho in many areas of their respective outputs so far in 2022/23, including tackles and interceptions (70 v 48), successfully tackled opposition players (73.3% v 44.4%), shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (2.21 v 2.14), ball recoveries (99 v 91) and aerial duels won (67.9% v 56%).

With that being said, after losing out on Aurelien Tchouameni last summer the Liverpool hierarchy should have learned their lesson from it, and be more aggressive in their recruitment strategy for midfielders in 2023.

Losing out on Caicedo too could be a howler for the club if he continues to thrive and develop elsewhere.