Moisés Caicedo just proved Jürgen Klopp right as Liverpool fans leave Chelsea star in no doubt


Jürgen Klopp must have felt somewhat vindicated by Moisés Caicedo's performance last night after he turned down Liverpool, choosing to instead sign for Chelsea. The Ecuadorian star chose blue over red in a record-breaking $145m (£115m/€135m) transfer deal.

Klopp claimed — in jest — that Liverpool was "lucky" not to bag Caicedo in its squad. Speaking at an Anfield Road Stand test event in December, Klopp said: “The summer we had, we had a few strange things happen in the transfer market but here, between us, I can say, ‘My god, were we lucky, eh?'. We didn’t know that in that moment and it didn’t feel like it in that moment, but yeah, I’m really happy that it worked out, but you never know before."

Klopp would go on to clarify the comments earlier this week. "The whole market for number sixes went up," he explained (via the Metro). "Two number sixes left our club. The market heated up. We thought we could maybe do Caicedo. We’d already done Mac Allister before. So we went in, he had an emotional agreement already with Chelsea and Pochettino. Then Lavia had his own reasons. So we were there.

"Then we found our top solution. That’s what I meant [when I said], ‘we are lucky’. We found Wataru [Endō]. All the time in our mind we had Stefan [Bajčetić]."

As it turned out though, Klopp might have been right in the first place. Last night, Mauricio Pochettino suggested that Caicedo would prove why the two Premier League giants were so keen on him but, unfortunately, he stumbled under the massive pressure of Liverpool's press.

Chelsea's midfield missed its anchor as Liverpool endlessly pounced. It's fair to say Klopp won this round as his dynamic midfield team outshone the visitors'.

With a performance that saw him booked for complaining too much to referee Paul Tierney, it is clear that Caicedo struggled last night. However, he is still only 22, and Pochettino believes he can still blossom into one of the world's best midfielders.

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