Liverpool see Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo as a primary midfield target alongside Jude Bellingham, according to reliable Sky Sport journalist Florian Plettenberg, although the Reds are set to face strong competition for the Ecuador gem.
The Lowdown: Caicedo excelling for Brighton
The 21-year-old is arguably one of the best young midfielders in the Premier League at the moment, producing some influential performances for Brighton.
Caicedo, who is currently on World Cup duty with Ecuador, has averaged 3.1 tackles per game for the Seagulls in the league this season (more than anyone at Anfield), showing what a tenacious presence he offers in the middle of the park.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for the youngster throughout the autumn, and it doesn’t look as though their interest is going away…although neither is that of a fierce domestic rival.
The Latest: Competition for Caicedo
Taking to Twitter, Plettenberg stated that Manchester United are now keen on signing Caicedo, with Old Trafford chiefs ‘highly interested’ in the youngster, who is also on Liverpool’s ‘list’ alongside well-publicised target Jude Bellingham.
The reporter tweeted:
“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. Team mates say he is an ‘exceptional player & character’. Brighton hopes that he will stay beyond 2023.”
The Verdict: Snap him up, Liverpool
Caicedo is exactly what Liverpool are looking for in the middle of the park – someone who is young, possesses dynamism and can spark their midfield into life.
Too often this season, the Reds have looked ageing and too easy to run through in that area, but the Ecuadorian would inject new life into the midfield and also come as a long-term signing.
Former Brighton manager Graham Potter has hailed Caicedo as a ‘fantastic‘ player, and if Liverpool are unable to get Bellingham, he could be an ideal alternative.
Ideally, both players would arrive at Anfield, should the funds be available for a double swoop.