Liverpool urged to sign Gonzalo Higuain

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Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has urged Brendan Rodgers to sign big in the January transfer window rather than splash the cash on West Brom striker, Saido Berahino.

The Reds have been strongly linked with making a move for The Baggies hitman, with reports suggesting they could sign him for £23million after Tony Pulis took over at The Hawthorns.

However, ex-player and now pundit, Phil Thompson, wants Rodgers to aim a bit higher than Berahino and go in for Napoli striker, Gonzalo Higuain, and Paris Saint-Germain forward, Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Liverpool have had a horrid start to the new campaign and are really struggling for goals due to losing both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

The Uruguayan left Anfield in the Summer to join FC Barcelona after more controversy on the pitch during the World Cup, whilst Sturridge has missed most of the season due to several injury problems.

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With the SAS no more, Liverpool have been left relying on new faces, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, as well as Fabio Borini, who was out on loan for most of last season.

Striker Woes

The trio have failed to take advantage of the absence of Sturridge, with all of them struggling for goals, and that has sparked Rodgers into looking into the transfer market.

Liverpool have been linked with Berahino, who netted a hat-trick for his club during the FA Cup Third Round weekend, and despite his impressive campaign so far, Thompson wants Rodgers to look a bit higher.

Aim Higher

The Sky Sports pundit wants Liverpool to be looking at options like Higuain and Lavezzi, rather than Berahino.

Thompson said: "I would not like to think that Saido Berahino is their prime target as a striker.

"Yes, Liverpool do need a striker with injuries to Daniel Sturridge and the difficulties that Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have had at the football club.

"Brendan Rodgers likes his forwards to have pace. You see Raheem Sterling currently playing as an out-and-out centre forward, and he has done very well, but maybe he does not possess the finishing quality of Berahino.

"I think that Liverpool need someone who is a bit more established and who has played at a higher level like Gonzalo Higuain or Ezequiel Lavezzi, somebody of that ilk to come in following the news about Steven Gerrard’s departure.

"For me, I would not go for Berahino, although I can see the advantages of having him, but I tell you what, he has to change his attitude."

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