Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool have agreed a deal with Brighton to sign Moises Caicedo.
After news filtered through last night that the Reds have had a mammoth £111m bid accepted, Klopp was always going to be asked about it in his pre-Chelsea press conference today.
As ever, Klopp wasn’t giving too much away. Asked directly about Liverpool’s bid for Caicedo, the manager confirmed the offer, but not much else.
“First and foremost I got told I can confirm that the deal with the club is agreed, whatever that means exactly,” said the manager. “We want the player and any kind of agreement we will see.
“We don’t have endless resources, but we didn’t expect a couple of things happening in the summer – Hendo, Fab [leaving], things like this. When it happened we gave it a go and obviously the club was really stretched to be honest, but we will see.
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“I’ve told you now what I know, if we can speak about something else after I would be more than happy to do so. But besides that I cannot share.
Pushed on whether Caicedo is scheduled for a medical today, Klopp remained cagey. “I cannot say, I don’t know,” replied the boss.
Klopp confirms Caicedo deal
With the deal still yet to be officially confirmed, Jurgen was never going to be able to say too much this morning.
There is still even the possibility that Chelsea will come back in with an improved offer. Until this one’s over the line, it isn’t.
As a result, Klopp was clearly briefed about what he could and couldn’t say ahead of the press conference.
Nevertheless, it was good to hear some of the justification behind the deal. As suspected, Klopp confirmed that Liverpool hadn’t expected either Jordan Henderson or Fabinho to leave this summer.
Thanks to both doing so, more business was needed. It also meant Liverpool had a little more money in the coffers and to spend on wages.
To some, that will be ever so slightly irritating. Having spent so long pursuing Jude Bellingham but baulking at the fee, the Reds are about to spend just as much on a different player.
But, circumstances change in football. Liverpool couldn’t have predicted losing two of their midfielders leaving for Saudi Arabia when the Bellingham deal was taking place. They’ve acted accordingly now, and that’s great to hear.