In the summer, Liverpool spent £32 million to bring Christian Benteke to Anfield from Aston Villa. It’s fair to say that this move is yet to pay off. The Belgian has scored just six Premier League goals and has yet to persuade new manager Jurgen Klopp of his talents and to give him an extended run in the starting XI. However if Liverpool were to sign Javier Hernandez, they would have a natural goal scorer who would suit the side’s playing style.
Since becoming the manager at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp is yet to show that he trusts Benteke to lead the line. Playing what is normally a 4-3-3 system, Liverpool have often started with Brazilian attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino as the main striker.
Liverpool’s style of play is also something that wouldn’t work well with Benteke. Klopp has often deployed Adam Lallana and Phillipe Coutinho as his two wingers. They are both players who look to find a pass into feet and like to run in behind.
Benteke performs at his best when he is being given balls to attack in the box, much like he was when he was at Aston Villa. He has showed that this can still work at Anfield, scoring a brilliant header against Southampton to give the Reds the lead in October.
Hernandez would offer Liverpool the same danger from crosses into the box, and much more. His instinctive finishing paired with his good leap makes him a nightmare for Premier League defenders. During his time at Manchester United, the Mexican scored 37 goals in 103 games, an impressive record given that 54 of his appearances came from the bench.
Since his move to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, the 27-year-old has proved what he can do when given a chance in the starting line-up. This season he has scored 19 goals in just 22 games in all competitions, and was named Bundesliga Player of the Month in November and December.
Given that Liverpool are also without Daniel Sturridge due to injury, and his persistent problems mean it could be a long time until he is fit enough for a run in the first team, Klopp may have to look to sign another striker. Hernandez would be the perfect man to score goals at Anfield.
It is a move that would go down well with the attacking midfielders at Liverpool, as Hernandez would be the striker that would make himself available for the ball, and would run in behind defences.
This is the sort of player that the Anfield faithful have been crying out for all season, especially given that Divock Origi is yet to find his feet in the Premier League. The fans would be less than happy if the Hernandez deal was to go through however, given that they would be signing a player formerly of great rivals Manchester United.
If Hernandez does move to Merseyside, he would be a big player at Anfield, and would certainly help Liverpool push for the Champions League places.