Higuain dropped for Young Boys, club deny transfer related

Gonzalo Higuain

Liverpool linked striker Gonzalo Higuain has been unexpectedly left out of Napoli's team to face Young Boys, but the club deny any ulterior motive.

There are rumours that Liverpool are ready to pay £32 million for Napoli marksman Gonzalo Higuain, but his exclusion from the starting 11 to face Young Boys is unrelated.

As much as Mario Balotelli has struggled at Liverpool, Higuain has struggled at Napoli this season and the Argentine star is also without a league goal in the 2014-15 campaign.

Higuain remains a hero for most fans at the Stadio San Paolo despite his current slump and he has been firing in Europe, but he won't get the chance this evening.

Rafa Benitez will launch Duvan Zapata up front with Michu, Dries Mertens and Jonathan de Guzman behind but he may send on Higuain or the in-form Jose Callejon at some stage.

Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon has denied that Higuain's initial exclusion is because of transfer talk.

"There's no tension with Higuain - he is a great professional," Bigon told Mediaset Premium.

"Like all strikers he isn't happy when he isn't scoring, but he never gives up and works hard in training.

"The decision today is simply a matter of squad rotation."

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