14 Jul 2016

Record Transfer: Legend urges Liverpool to sign 'world-class' £74m superstar who smashed 38 goals last season

In recent months, Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for 'world-class' Argentine goal machine Gonzalo Higuain, and according to Reds legend Phil Thompson, Higuain should be a priority target for the remainder of the transfer window.

When asked this week about possible Liverpool transfer targets, Thompson mused:

"I’ve been saying for a few years that I’d like to see Liverpool try and tempt Gonzalo Higuain away from Napoli".

Thommo last called for Higuain^ to be signed in January 2015, when he told Sky Sports:

“I would like to see an experienced striker come in, like Gonzalo Higuain [who] has always been my favoured target".

Higuain is reportedly 'interesting in joining Liverpool', but a deal is unlikely to be concluded for several reasons:

* Transfer Fee. As confirmed in June by Napoli Chief Aurelio De Laurentis, Liverpool will need to break its current transfer record to sign Higuain: "I have not received offers for that match the clause, €94m [£74m]. I have the feeling Pipita will not betray us.".

* European Football. Liverpool are in the Champions League, or Europa League next season, which will hinder the club's chances of sealing a deal. Higuain will be 29 in December, and time is running out for him to win big trophies. At this stage of his career, it makes no sense to move to a club with little chance of winning big titles.

* Complacency?: Klopp appears to be satisfied with Ings, Sturridge, and Origi as his striking options for next season *shudder*

In my view, Ings/Origi are not good enough and/or prolific enough to propel Liverpool into the Champions League, and it's a giant mistake to go into yet another season relying Sturridge to remain fit. As such, a new, top-class striker is arguably a priority, and Higuain fits the bill, but as noted above, there's little chance of a transfer.

Even if the Reds somehow contrived to agree a deal with Napoli, there's no way that Higuain is worth more than Luis Suarez. Barcelona signed Suarez - who is the superior striker - for £65m, and if the opportunity presents itself, the Reds should pay no more than that for Higuain.

^ Smashed in 38 goals last season


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