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Liverpool Set To Rival Manchester United For This Brighton Star: Decent Signing For Klopp?

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In a recent tweet, Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg mentioned that Liverpool are set to rival Manchester United in the race to sign Brighton and Hove Albion star Moises Caicedo, who is currently having a solid 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign with Ecuador. It has been claimed that the Reds have identified the Ecuadorian sensation as a target next year.

Caicedo’s Decent Run of Form In English Football This Season

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a solid campaign at the American Express Community Stadium as he has been responsible for putting in a series of dominant performances at the heart of Brighton’s midfield. Caicedo has been involved in 15 matches for the Seagulls this season, scoring just one goal in the process across various competitions.

The 27-time Ecuador international has anchored the midfield with conviction by averaging 3.1 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 0.8 shots and 1.1 key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from midfield after making 87.3% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

Caicedo is under contract at Brighton until the summer of 2025. Hence, Liverpool will have to make a sizable offer if they are serious about recruiting him next year.

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Is Caicedo A Decent Signing For Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp?

Caicedo can get stuck in with some crunching tackles to make life difficult for the opposition in the middle of the park. He is usually quick to spot the danger and can make a few timely interceptions for his team. Caicedo can even create some decent chances for his teammates in the opponent’s half and can strike the ball with power as well from long range. He is mainly a box-to-box midfielder but can also fill in as a defensive midfielder if needed.

At the moment, the Ecuador international is playing at a high level. Therefore, the Reds should focus on trying everything they can to land him next year.

We can expect Caicedo to bring more bite and steel to Jurgen Klopp‘s midfield department at Anfield. He could even go on to form a dominant midfield partnership with Fabinho at the centre of the park if the Merseyside club can find a way to get him on board.

At 21, Caicedo has got the potential to become a future star in European football. With all things considered, he will be a decent signing for Klopp to consider this winter or at the end of this campaign.

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