Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo has told friends he would jump at the chance to join Liverpool, sources have told Football Insider.
The defensive midfielder, 21, has emerged as a target for the Merseysiders as they step up their January signing plans.
Liverpool have registered their interest in Caicedo as they monitor multiple central midfield targets who can slot into Jurgen Klopp’s ageing side.
Brighton have no plans this month to sell the Ecuador international, who they value around the £45million mark.
But his long-term future at the Seagulls is up in the air as he prepares to change agents and seal a big-money transfer.
It is believed that Caceido is “definitely interested” in the possibility of joining Liverpool and has let that be known to those close to him.
The midfielder has been a revelation since joining Brighton in the summer, starting all but one of the club’s 17 league games this season.
His partnership with Alexis Mac Allister has helped the Seagulls climb to eighth in the Premier League table, one point off the European places.
Brighton CEO Paul Barber directly referenced Liverpool’s interest in Caicedo while speaking to journalist Ben Jacobs on Friday (7 January), joking, “I’m pleased to say we haven’t had any [offers], maybe they [Liverpool] haven’t got my email”.
Liverpool’s midfield has proved a point of contention for the Reds this season amid their struggles in the Premier League.
Harvey Elliott was drafted in to start in Liverpool’s last league game, against Brentford (2 January), but was subbed off at halftime after a poor opening 45 minutes.
Brighton and Liverpool face off next weekend (14 January) at the Amex.
The clubs are separated by two places and one point in this Premier League table.