‘Magnificent’ 21-year-old now hailed as his country’s best prospect, after claims Liverpool want to sign him
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‘Magnificent’ 21-year-old now hailed as his country’s best prospect, after claims Liverpool want to sign him

Reported Liverpool transfer target Moises Caicedo has been backed for a breakthrough campaign with Ecuador at the World Cup.

That’s according to ESPN, who claim the 21-year-old is ready to show the world what he’s capable of over the coming weeks, after a brilliant start to life in a Brighton shirt.

As a result, he has been tipped as Ecuador’s best prospect under the age of 23.

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Despite signing for the south-coast club in January last year, the midfielder only returned to the Amex this halfway through last season.

Since then, he has emerged as one of the most promising talents in the Premier League.

Consequently, when the Reds were going through a midfield crisis over the summer, Caicedo was a name regularly touted with an Anfield move.

It was even rumoured that the Merseyside club were considering a £42m offer for the Seagulls star, but a deal failed to come to fruition.

Speaking about the proposed £42m offer, former manager Graham Potter joked, “I think you’d probably get his boots for that, maybe, knowing the chairman”.

Caicedo backed for World Cup breakthrough

With Liverpool in desperate need of a midfielder, it is no surprise to see Jurgen Klopp’s side keeping tabs on one of the hottest prospects in English football.

However, the Reds won’t be alone over the coming weeks. A whole host of clubs across Europe are expected to have scouts monitoring his progression at the tournament, and it is easy to see why.

The defensive midfielder is smart in and out of possession, using his strong football IQ to dominate the tempo in the middle of the park.

Furthermore, his work-rate is exceptional. Every single game, it can be guaranteed Caicedo will cover the entire pitch as he attempts to win the ball – showing parallels to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.

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His strong passing ability also allows him to recycle play and restart the attack going forward.

Hailed by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp as having been ‘magnificent’ since returning to Brighton, he claims the 21-year-old is a ‘revelation’ in the Premier League.

Therefore, with Liverpool sure to be interested in a January swoop for the player, Reds fans will be keeping a close eye on his progress over the next few weeks at the World Cup.

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