No league goal since April, is £30m striker really Liverpool's answer?

Napoli

Mario Balotelli may be misfiring for Liverpool, but reported target Gonzalo Higuain isn't faring any better at Napoli.

Struggling under the weight of expectations, he has one European goal to his name this season but he has been toothless in the league, sound familiar?

No, we're not talking about Mario Balotelli but rather his touted replacement at Liverpool - Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentine striker has been frequently linked to Liverpool and is said to be their ideal target despite the difficulty in persuading Napoli to part with him.

Since arriving from Real Madrid ahead of last season, Higuain has become hugely popular at Napoli and it is rumoured that club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis would only part with him if his mammoth £80 million release clause was met.

But a report in Il Mattino has seriously questioned the logic in Liverpool moving for Higuain, who hasn't been on form so far in Serie A.

Although he scored in the Europa League against Sparta Prague, within seconds of coming on as a substitute against Slovan Bratislava and in Napoli's Champions League exit to Athletic Bilbao, Higuain is yet to score this season in Serie A.

In fact, Higuain hasn't been on the score sheet in Napoli's last 11 league fixtures, which is one of his worst ever runs and wins the headline: "A record goal-ache."

Higuain's last goals in Serie A were a hat-trick against Lazio back in April but this season he has missed a penalty and squandered two absolute sitters against Torino.

However, that statistic isn't quite fair because it includes four games at the tail end of last season when Higuain was out injured. His personal score-less run in the league is seven games, which is still not great.

Maybe Liverpool would be better off looking elsewhere if they are looking for a reliable marksman...

Higuain misses two golden chances in a row against Torino:

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