When BeIn Sports reported on Monday evening that Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Liverpool ‘should go through very soon,’ you couldn’t blame supporters for not getting too excited.
Liverpool fans have seen it all before - missing out on transfer targets that they have been heavily linked with.
It’s already happened with Mario Gotze this summer so Kopites were understandably keen not to get too excited with this latest rumour.
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However, it was hard to remain calm when pictures emerged of Jurgen Klopp watching Argentina’s Copa America match against Chile.
Not only that, many people are saying that the German boss was sat next to Higuain’s brother who also doubles up as his agent. While we can’t confirm that it actually was Nicolas Higuain that Klopp was sat next to, that’s the general consensus on Twitter.
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But maybe the most telling incident of the night came in the 75th-minute when Klopp was seen leaving the stadium, just one minute after Higuain had been substituted.
Make of that what you will.
Well, Liverpool fans have certainly made something of it and believe they are on the verge of signing the world-class striker. Here are some of the best tweets:
Higuain enjoyed a very successful season for Napoli, scoring 36 goals in 35 matches for the Serie A club as they finished second behind Juventus.
Last month, the Mirror claimed that the Argentine was interested in joining Liverpool - a report that came out before there was any speculation linking the Reds with a move for the 28-year-old.
While Higuain didn’t score for Argentina against Chile in front of the watching Klopp, the Guardian described his performances as: “A great shift for Gonzalo, leading the line upfront.”
If Liverpool are keen on signing Higuain, they will need to sell at least one of their current forwards. Christian Benteke cost the club £32.5 million last summer and could be sold by Klopp, who only used the Belgian as a bit-part player with Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge being preferred to him.
Napoli paid Real Madrid £34.5million for Higuain in 2013 and, despite him turning 29 this year, will command a similar fee after his 91 goals in 146 games at Gli Azzurri in his three seasons. Of course, attracting Higuain could prove difficult considering the Reds have no European football next term.
It’s clear that Klopp wants to do his transfer business early ahead of his first full season on Merseyside. He has already confirmed the signings of Loris Karius, Marko Grujic and Joel Matip as he attempts to turn this Liverpool squad into his own.
While Liverpool fans will wait for official confirmation before getting too carried away, you can’t blame them for getting a little worked up about the thought of Higuain playing at Anfield next season.