Friday, September 29, 2023

Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool deal for Moises Caicedo and explains U-turn on big spending

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed the club have reached an agreement with Brighton for Moises Caicedo.

talkSPORT understands the Reds are set to pay a British record fee of £111million for the midfielder this summer.

Caicedo is set to be Liverpool’s third signing of the summer so farGetty

Such a deal would make Caicedo the third most expensive player in the history of world football.

Chelsea had been the frontrunners for his signature for weeks but it’s Liverpool who appear to be closing in on a deal.

Speaking in his first press conference of the season ahead of their clash, Klopp revealed: “First and foremost I was told that I can confirm the deal with the club is agreed, whatever that means, and then the agreement with the player we will see.

“We are a club that does not have endless resources, and some things we didn’t expect happening in the summer, Hendo [Jordan Henderson], Fab [Fabinho], we didn’t think about these things [selling them] before the summer to be honest.

“Then it happened and we gave it a go and the club was really stretched, to be honest. I cannot and will not share any more than that. Let’s see what happens and then we go from there.”

Caicedo could be set to undergo his medical today but when asked about it, Klopp replied: “I cannot say, I don’t know. That’s the truth.”

Liverpool will soon take their summer spending over £200million with the completion of their latest signing.

However, Klopp remained quiet when asked if the club will head back into the market before the window shuts.

“Let’s take it step by step. We’ll see what happens in the next hours or days, and let’s go from there.”

Klopp and the Reds have spent big in the market once againGetty

Amid the reported fee for Caicedo, previous comments he made about spending £100million plus on a player resurfaced.

“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore,” Klopp said six years ago.

But he has now admitted he was wrong given the current market.

Klopp said on Friday: “Everything changed. Do I like it? No. Did I realise I was wrong? Yes. That’s the way it goes.

“Saudi Arabia will not help with that. In the end, we have to try and make sure we get the best possible team together. 50% will like it and 50% won’t.

“We are trying to bring together the best squad for us. We cannot just point on players and bring them in, there is a lot of work to do. Sometimes one door closes and another opens up.

“If people want to throw my quotes from five years ago, no problem. I realise I was wrong.”

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