Gonzalo Higuain
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Liverpool are set to re-launch a bid for Gonzalo Higuain in January after failing with a £22m bid plus Lucas Leiva in the summer, according to the Daily Express.

Arsenal are also believed to be interested in the striker, who has cut a sorry figure at Napoli and has been serially linked with a move out of Italy.

The striker joined Napoli last summer from Real Madrid after being strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, which fell through following Arsene Wenger's interest in Luis Suarez.

Brendan Rodgers is willing to take a lesson from his counterpart at north London and will go all out for his signature as the Reds look to fill the void left by the departure of Luis Suarez.

New signing Mario Balotelli is yet to get into the score-sheet in the Premier League, something which has stunted Liverpool's progress in the season.

Manchester United's uprising has seen their top four places under major threat this campaign and Rodgers has to bring in proper reinforcements in the summer if they have to keep their hopes of playing in the Champions League alive next season.

Higuain, whose side failed to qualify for the Champions League this season, has scored two goals so far and assisted three, but is yet to get himself off the mark in the Serie A.

Meanwhile, Rodgers believes that summer signing Divock Origi can replace Suarez at Anfield, whose absence is having a telling effect on their league fortunes.

The Uruguayan made his way to Barcelona in the summer, an event which has shaken the core of the Liverpool team. Origi, on the other hand, is still with Lille on a season-long loan, stipulated as part of the deal.

"There are very few players who can replace Suarez. Actually there are no players who can replace Suarez. When you look at the availability of other players during the summer, it was something that was difficult for us," Rodgers said.

"It's no good now I know but we took a player in Divock Origi who we believe will be world class and we'll get him in the summer. Now he is a top player. He has everything: the speed, the profile and so on and he (could) play (for Liverpool) now.

"Our deal was that we couldn't bring him in now. That was unfortunate because he can run in behind (the defence), he can keep the ball, he can press and he can run but that (Origi staying with Lille) was part of the deal."