It’s no secret that Liverpool urgently need to bolster their midfield options. Jurgen Klopp currently has James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keita out of contract at the end of the season, while Arthur Melo will surely return to Juventus following the end of his loan spell.
This could spark a wild summer transfer window, with plenty of outgoings and incomings as the German eyes an overhaul of his squad.
The 21-year-old has been likened to Kante and he could be Liverpool’s own version of the combative Frenchman.
Their playing styles are similar and South American football expert Tim Vickery sang Caicedo’s praises while speaking to talkSPORT last year: “He is a terrific athlete who makes football look easy. A box-to-box midfielder.
“A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.
“That kind of box-to-box midfielder that’s very much in the tradition of the England game. Strong, quick, intelligent and cool. He really does look like the genuine article.”
Ecuadorian football historian Enrico Castro-Montes also lavished the youngster with praise 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.”
This season, the 21-year-old has impressed in the Premier League, averaging a Sofascore rating of 7.12/10 while making 1.1 key passes per match, averaging 67.8 touches and also making 3.1 tackles each game, proving he has a wide range of qualities that would enable him to fit well into Klopp’s system.
The aforementioned £85m might sound a lot, but there is no doubt Caicedo is just going to keep improving and he would be a perfect fit for Liverpool.