Moisés Caicedo has been linked with a transfer to Liverpool. He just sent Jürgen Klopp an apt message as the manager looks to wrest back control of matches.
It has been quite a symptomatic week for Liverpool on Merseyside. On Monday night, the Reds made the trip north to face Brentford in what promised to be a difficult clash, and they ended up losing by three goals to one.
The performance of Jürgen Klopp’s team was entirely predictable, with their opponents keen to shine a light on their weaknesses, particularly in the middle of the park. Since opting against investing in their midfield department in the summer, Liverpool have suffered from tired and ageing legs in the centre, with the majority of Klopp’s players looking out of steam and past their peak.
The Bees highlighted exactly that and picked up three points for their troubles, with the Anfield outfit left to mull over their serious lack of control in the centre of the field. Just 24 hours later, Liverpool’s neighbours hosted Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park, and they lost in even heavier fashion, by four goals to one.
Everton were dominated by the Seagulls from start to finish, with a certain Moisés Caicedo stamping his authority on proceedings from the first whistle, allowing Brighton to sustain attacks and retain a foothold over the game.
The Ecuador international made more tackles and interceptions than any of his teammates on the night, while also completing the most passes and recovering the most loose balls. He was central to how Roberto De Zerbi’s men contained Liverpool’s local rivals, which is apt considering what happened to Klopp’s men the previous day.
Indeed, Caicedo has been linked with a move to Anfield over the past six months. Just 21 years old, the South American has the necessary qualities to fix many of the issues from which the Reds are consistently suffering. He’s a natural ball-winner, and one who also has the ability to be a positive when he’s in possession.
Straight from kick-off against the Blues, Caicedo demonstrated a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He extinguishes potential fires before they spread, restricts opponents from instigating counter-attacks and presents his teammates with a platform from which to attack and take risks.
Klopp’s outfit have lacked those qualities this term. Many of his midfielders are simply too old or past their peak, with James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keïta likely to depart once their contracts expire at the end of the current season. Jordan Henderson is aged 32, and Thiago Alcântara is 31.
Moreover, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Fábio Carvalho are regarded as youthful options who offer promise, but they aren’t yet ready to deliver on a consistent basis from week to week. And even when those starlets are involved, they are more attack-minded than Caicedo, who acts as more of a safety net for Brighton.
Jude Bellingham is regarded as Klopp’s top target for 2023, but considering more than one addition will be required to truly bolster the manager’s tired engine room, Caicedo could follow the Borussia Dortmund teenager to Anfield. Brighton will demand a hefty transfer fee for his services, but based on his Merseyside audition on Tuesday night, he has the skill set to be worth every penny.