In the summer transfer window, Liverpool and Chelsea engaged in a heated competition for Moises Caicedo’s signature, with the Londoners ultimately emerging victorious.
Having secured a British record deal valued at £115 million, Chelsea welcomed midfielder Moises Caicedo in August. Despite a challenging start to his journey at Stamford Bridge, the player chose to explain his decision to reject Liverpool’s transfer offer.
This move disrupted Jurgen Klopp’s strategy to bolster the Liverpool midfield, particularly in light of recent additions like Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai. Caicedo’s transfer marked the conclusion of his tenure with Brighton & Hove Albion.
The tussle for Caicedo unfolded as a widely discussed yet brisk contest between Mauricio Pochettino and the German counterpart. Initially, Brighton accepted the surprising offer from the Reds. However, the Londoners, harbouring longstanding interest, swiftly launched their own bid to acquire the Ecuador international.
Caicedo has now asserted that Liverpool’s entry into the competition came too late, ultimately allowing Chelsea to emerge victorious in concluding the transfer saga.
“I chose Chelsea because I was talking with them first and then it was impossible not to choose them. They were with me, supporting me because in the summer I suffered a lot because it was complicated to leave Brighton,” he said.
“They were with me. In the last moment, Liverpool called me but it was late. It was too late, you know? I wanted to play for Chelsea and the people that worked here were with me through every moment and it was tough to say no to Chelsea.
“It’s Chelsea, you know. At Chelsea, you always have to win every game and if you don’t, you’ll feel the pressure. I’ve only been here for four months, everything is new for me and I think it’s about time. It’ll take time because I know my quality, I know my teampmates and it’ll be our time.”
Chelsea currently occupies the 12th position in the Premier League standings. Their recent loss to Everton on Sunday marked the seventh defeat in the initial 16 matches, despite significant expenditures in the preceding summer.
In a different turn of events, Liverpool faced setbacks in their attempts to secure Caicedo and Romeo Lavia. Nevertheless, they find themselves at the top of the league standings, setting the stage for a crucial Sunday clash against Manchester United at Anfield.