When Moises Caicedo opted to join Chelsea over the Reds, Liverpool supporters weren’t the only ones surprised.
The Seagulls’ Chief Executive told talkSPORT: “First of all Liverpool is a fantastic football club and, for any footballer to have the chance to play at Liverpool, at Anfield, you’d imagine that they’d be running up the M6 and M62, but it wasn’t to be.”
“Moises and his advisors decided for whatever reason that London was their preferred destination, and ultimately Chelsea.
? “Moises and his advisors decided that London was their preferred destination.”
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“Obviously that puts us in a slightly difficult position because we’ve negotiated a deal, we’d spent many days working with Liverpool. They couldn’t have done anymore, they were superb and professional throughout.
“There’s no doubt about that at all.”
Ultimately Caicedo made his decision, though, and Chelsea had tabled their increased bid.
Barber continued: “Then it comes down to the player. At the point that it was clear he wasn’t going to Liverpool we have to go into a different mode.
“Having negotiated a British record transfer, we have to do it again three days later, which is unusual to say the least.”
It is now up to the club to turn their attention to other targets in a far from ideal situation.
At least the club maintains a good relationship with Brighton whom are becoming an increasingly consistent talent factory.