Journalist explains why Liverpool could struggle to sign player they ‘love’ despite ‘perfect’ profile

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Ben Jacobs has explained why Liverpool may struggle to sign one player they ‘love’ despite him having the ‘perfect’ profile for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Reds were linked with Moises Caicedo last month (The Telegraph) but Brighton have reportedly slapped a mammoth £100m price tag on the Ecuador international (The Athletic).

Jurgen Klopp has already signed two players for slightly less than that amount this summer in Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, so he’ll almost certainly baulk at a nine-figure outlay for one more midfielder.

Jacobs was discussing Liverpool’s stance on the 21-year-old on CaughtOffside’s Debrief podcast on Monday, saying: “Liverpool love Caicedo. Barry Hunter, the chief scout, to my knowledge was looking at Caicedo before he joined Brighton but it was a messy deal.

“He was at a club known as IDV and was represented by multiple agents and there were all kinds of messy costs,” with the journalist adding: “The profile of Caicedo is perfect for Liverpool but the cost isn’t.”

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Frankly, any notion of Liverpool paying £100m+ for Caicedo can be disregarded, especially considering the summer recruitment they’ve pulled off already.

We already saw how the Reds pulled out of the race for Jude Bellingham earlier this year as Borussia Dortmund placed a prohibitive £130m price tag on the player (Fabrizio Romano), who eventually signed for Real Madrid, so they’re highly unlikely to then turn around and go large on the Ecuadorian.

Neil Jones hinted when speaking to Empire of the Kop that LFC will probably be shopping in the £30m-£50m bracket for any further additions this summer, looking at several value-for-money signings rather than one marquee splurge.

It’s a stance which makes perfect sense, as blowing the bulk of the summer budget on one player could backfire should he incur a long-term injury.

Even though Caicedo was a stalwart in the Brighton team which excelled in the Premier League last season, playing the third-most top-flight minutes of anyone at the Amex Stadium (WhoScored), it’d be madness for Liverpool to pay the kind of money the Seagulls reportedly want for him.

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  1. For LFC to get Caicedo on their books they give Brighton a player and money.They can give Brighton Elliot and 40 million pounds because they have loaned Calvahoa out
    Alternatively they give Brighton Fabinho and Nat Philips and pay 30 million on top.

    1. Fabinho is over the hill, and Nat Philips never kicked on and you have to wonder why. Elliot I’d take but would need to be more like elliot +£60m

  2. To make things for them LFC must use the 77 million pounds they allegedly wanted to sign Veverde of Madrid to pay Brighton and add a player like Elliot or Jones. Say 55Million plus a player.That can tempt Brighton.

  3. We are not selling Jones or Elliot to sign Caicedo if we thought he was worth the price we would sign him at that price if we think he is over priced then we sign someone else a destroyer is the easiest sort of player to sign and not one you break the bank for you do that for player that win you games
    He is a good player so is Rice and so are a number of others and that is the answer to the issue you can find any number of players that can do that job at a cheaper price

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