Since Luis Suarez left in the summer of 2014, Liverpool have failed to find a man to fill his boots.
Daniel Sturridge was tipped to do just that, however, injuries have hampered his chances of being the Uruguayan’s successor, adding on to the fact new signings haven’t come anywhere near to matching his quality shown by the former hero.
Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke, both purchased to cushion the blow of Suarez’s departure, seemed to spend more time on the bench than on the pitch after below-par performances cost them their place in the side.
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Clearly Brendan Rodgers’ attempts of replacing the Uruguayan was just money down the drain, but this summer could tell a completely different story.
With Jurgen Klopp now as manager, Liverpool fans are hopeful they can snap up a striker to rejuvenate their ambitions of battling at the peak of the table next season.
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Monday saw the Daily Mail report that Napoli front man Gonzalo Higuain has expressed an interest in a transfer to the Merseyside outfit, news which was undoubtedly music to the Reds fans’ ears.
You only have to look at the striker’s goal record to see why Liverpool must do their utmost to secure his signature in the near future.
Last season saw the 28-year-old net a record 36 goals in 35 games, playing a vital part in Napoli’s title charge, however, falling short of clinching the silverware, finishing second, nine points adrift of Juventus.
Together, Higuain has found the net 91 times in his three seasons with the Serie A outfit and Italy isn’t the only country to witness the goal scoring habit of the Argentine.
From 2006 to 2013, the forward bagged 121 goals in 264 games for Spanish giants Real Madrid, earning him three La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups in his time at the Bernabeu.
His CV doesn’t stop there; Higuain has 26 goals to his name when on international duty, plus two runners up medals achieved in the 2014 World Cup and Copa America respectively.
Doesn't Need Europe
It seems the Napoli forward isn’t phased at the prospect of missing out on playing in Europe next season, but Liverpool are, surprisingly, yet to show any interest.
The Argentine striker could have left Napoli last summer after the club missed out on the chance of being in the Champions League. Although they were in Europe in the Europa League, Higuain remained loyal to the Italian outfit and stayed at the club, and as we know, went on to have a record breaking campaign.
With Liverpool out of all European competitions for next season, Higuain may have to accept another year without Champions League, but as history shows, he doesn't mind that as long as there are some signs of progression along the way.
Signing Higuain will undoubtedly signal the end of the tunnel for current Reds striker Benteke, who has been linked with a move away from Anfield having fallen short of regular football last season.
Moreover, the future of Sturridge remains far from intact, but having won over the Liverpool boss in the final stages of last campaign, Klopp may just want to keep him for another season.
Regarding Napoli, they have reportedly lined up a move for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku to fill the boots of their main man if a move to Merseyside crosses the line.
Liverpool’s aim for next season is, first and foremost, to qualify for Europe and anything more would be a bonus. In order to achieve that goal they need to sign a striker who will hit the ground running and carry the team to glory and with Higuain’s track record, he is definitely the man to deliver just that.
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