“Revealed” why Liverpool lost out to Chelsea in £115m transfer

Former Brighton & Hove Albion player Moises Caicedo had a high-profile offer from Liverpool before joining Chelsea.

The agency of Moises Caicedo has commented on Liverpool’s interest in the midfielder.

In the midst of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield overhaul, the Reds moved swiftly to capture Alexis MacAllister from Brighton & Hove Albion this summer. Fabinho and Jordan Henderson left the Liverpool team simultaneously, leaving a space in the defensive midfield that was quickly filled by Dominik Szoboszlai.

Romeo Lavia was the primary objective for Southampton, but it later became out that the Reds had made a British record deal of £111 million for Caicedo, which Brighton accepted. But there were still more surprises in store.

All summer long, Chelsea was said to be interested in signing the Ecuadorian, and they came back with an upgraded £115 million bid. The two teams competed for his services in what ended up being the most surprising transfer drama of the summer, with Liverpool also playing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the first weekend of the Premier League season.

Caicedo’s agent Andrea Pellegatti said that his client never intended to complete a transfer to Anfield when discussing Caicedo’s selection of the west London team.

He told Sport Italia, “It was decided in the last few hours, but the boy only wanted Chelsea, who had started to show their interest steadily since January.”


But it hasn’t quite been the happily ever after beginning Caicedo had planned for. The team led by Mauricio Pochettino has only won one of its first five Premier League games, and the Ecuadorian international has made four appearances for them.

Later, Liverpool focused on the captain of Japan, Wataru Endo, and on the last day of the transfer window, they acquired Ryan Gravenberch. The Reds have lost just two points in the Premier League and defeated LASK in the Europa League last night, yet it is debatable that they haven’t quite found their ideal balance in midfield and defense.

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