According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, Liverpool must meet a “big fee” to sign the Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder in 2023.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT:
“It’d be a big fee if Brighton were to consider selling him in January. I’m sure if Liverpool and Chelsea do firm up their interest in Caicedo, it’s a move that maybe the player will be interested in, but it would have to be on Brighton’s terms.”
It is no secret that Liverpool are in need of reinforcements in the centre of the pitch with a number of young players already linked with a move to Anfield.
Both Jude Bellingham and Enzo Fernandez have been named as targets for the Merseyside club ahead of many contracts expiring next summer.
Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner – as it stands – are all set to part ways with the club as free agents in 2023, whilst Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara reach the latter stages of their career.
As a result, the signing of Caicedo would be a huge coup for Jurgen Klopp and could be the youthful presence Liverpool are crying out for in midfield.
Over 14 Premier League appearances this season, the midfield monster has scored one goal and tallied up an 87% pass completion rate, as well as averaging 1.1 key passes, 1.4 interceptions, 3.1 tackles and six duels won per game.
Caicedo’s performances have led to high praise from all-time Premier League top goal-scorer Alan Shearer ahead of Ecuador’s World Cup clash with Qatar, as the BBC pundit hailed the midfielder as a “top player”:
“He’s going to be a top player and he could be one that really stands out. He’s only 21 and he’s the heartbeat of this young side.”
“He can do a little bit of everything, he’s athletic, he can tackle, he can pass, he can read the game. Scores one or two goals.”
With that being said, it will be interesting to see if Liverpool do make moves in the January transfer window and if they are willing to meet Brighton’s demand to secure the signing of Caicedo, which is thought to be in the region of £85m.