Liverpool Transfers: Why This £31.2m Striker Is Not The Signing To Replace Luis Suarez

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Serie A frontman not the player to replace Luis Suarez.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a £31.2m bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain in recent times, with the Daily Express previously claiming the Reds could pay that amount to sign the Argentine.

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Today there have also been suggestions of a bid of £22m plus Lucas Leiva in exchange from the Daily Star, with the former Real Madrid man seemingly high on Brendan Rodgers’ list of priorities as he looks to improve his options upfront after losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer.

However, it is worth noting that the 26-year-old is badly out of form at the moment, having failed to score in six Serie A games so far this season, after also enduring a nightmare performance for Argentina in this summer’s World Cup final.

Higuain was poor in the tournament as a whole, but had a bad game in front of goal when it mattered, missing a number of big chances to put his side into the lead against eventual winners Germany, suggesting a lack of composure and ability to deal with the occasion.

Although Higuain had a good scoring record at Real Madrid, he benefitted from a low-pressure environment in which he was a squad player surrounded by world class quality such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and others providing him with quality assists that saw him boost his statistics against often low quality opposition in La Liga.

The former Arsenal target looked good in Serie A last year, but is ultimately little more than a poacher and not the calibre of player who could elevate Liverpool to the level they were at when inspired by Suarez last season.

At these prices mentioned, Higuain is a bad transfer mistake waiting to happen, and one Liverpool should certainly avoid, even if it is tempting to go into the market for more additions upfront this winter, with Mario Balotelli also failing to impress so far this season.

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