The Mexican is currently on loan at La Liga giants Real Madrid, where he has been a peripheral figure for most of the season.
He has, however, enjoyed a recent run of form in the first team, scoring the winner against rivals Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final clash. Now, Hoddle has urged Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to make a move for the 26-year-old striker when the summer transfer window swings open for business.
“It would make sense for Liverpool to go for Hernandez,” he said.
“He came off the bench again against Juventus in Turin this week and is clearly not going to be starter for Real. He didn’t get a goal this time, but he played a little deeper. Yet he did put in a couple of dangerous crosses, and looked sharp and eager.”
Liverpool have been severely lacking in the forward department this season, with none of their current crop managing to fill the void created by Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona last summer.
Mario Balotelli has proved to be a gamble that hasn’t paid off, while fellow forwards Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have failed to prove themselves. Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, has spent the majority of the season injured and remains a long-term fitness concern.
And as far as Hoddle is concerned, the club need to sign a minimum of two strikers in the summer, with several likely to leave in the process.
“Clearly, Liverpool need to buy two strikers for next season and that’s not going to be easy,” he added.
“Balotelli will be gone, and most likely so will Rickie Lambert, while Daniel Sturridge has been injured and has now just had surgery – and the club sold Suarez last summer.”