Suggestions this week that Gonzalo Higuain would be open to a move to Anfield have certainly got Liverpool fans talking and there can be little question his potential signing would be a fantastic coup, especially given Liverpool’s lack of European involvement this season.
One of the best
The Argentine is a goal machine and one of the top strikers in world football. Given the struggles of Christian Benteke and injury problems of Daniel Sturridge, signing a new forward is most likely close to the top of Jurgen Klopp’s agenda this summer and Higuain would surely top the list of possible targets.
His goal record stacks up against anyone. Higuain has scored at a rate of better than a goal in every two games, in each of the last eight seasons at club level and more often than not it has been considerably better than that.
Higuain can count himself incredibly unlucky to have been deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid. Having properly broken into the side in the 2008-09 season he would net 97 goals over the next five seasons from just 112 starts in La Liga, however the form of Karim Benzema and arrival of Gareth Bale in the summer of 2013 contributed to his departure to Napoli.
Phenomenal goal-scoring feats
Any suggestions that he was only scoring so regularly due to the side he found himself in were quickly dispelled in Serie A, a league known for its defensive prowess and relative lack of goalscoring opportunities. He netted 53 goals in all competitions in his first two seasons in Naples and this campaign has been his most prolific yet.
His return of 36 goals in 35 league games was a phenomenal achievement and sign that Higuain is currently at the very peak of his powers which would make him a tremendous coup for Liverpool or any other side in Europe for that matter.
His return of 36 goals was 17 more than the second top scorer in Serie A this season, Paulo Dybala of Juventus and equalled the all-time record for most goals in a Serie A season set by Gino Rossetti way back in 1929.
Able to cope with the rigors of the Premier League
Where he to join Liverpool, he may have to adapt his game slightly to the ‘Klopp way’ but he would certainly make a better fit than Benteke who may need to leave to help finance what would be a sizable transfer fee.
The Argentine is known as a hard worker and someone who is not afraid to press the ball and make a tackle, which would certainly be assets in this Liverpool side.
He also possesses a fair amount of physical prowess which suggests he could cope with the demands of the Premier League and he could be a nice complement for the other strikers at the club.
Daniel Sturridge has already shown he is a versatile forward, capable of playing off or wide of the main front man as he did extremely well while Luis Suarez was at the club. Divock Origi meanwhile is still a work in progress, but his pace should complement the qualities Higuain possesses nicely if the two were to link up.
Fit enough to fill the Suarez-shaped gap
If there is any chance that Gonzalo Higuain is an attainable target, then Liverpool would surely be wise to make him their top transfer target this summer.
The Argentina international is a player more than capable of filling the goal void left by Suarez when he joined Barcelona two years ago and he could well be the man to fire them back into the top four and on to bigger and better things.
Written by Mark Sochon
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