Why there are more pros than cons for Liverpool in pursuing Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez celebrates goal for Mexico

Some eyebrows will have been raised at a report linking the Reds with a move for the former Manchester United star.

Let's consider Liverpool's two main problems this season - lack of goals at the top end of the field and failure to keep them out at the other. 

So, naturally these problems need be solved. Liverpool need to sign someone who is more reliable at putting the ball in the back of the net than anyone currently at their disposal. The Times reports that Jurgen Klopp may see former Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez as that person.

The Mexican has experience in the Premier League, at the age of 27 he is probably reaching his best form, and his goalscoring record at Bayer Leverkusen is 19 goals in 23 matches. 

Liverpool's top goalscorer is Christian Benteke with seven goals in all competitions - a player who can't seem to fit into the side, and a side that can't work to his needs right now.

Hernandez is more in keeping with Liverpool's style. One only needs to look at the type of goals he scored during his time at Manchester United - the majority of which were based on instinct, and a few of them were at big moments in the context of United's season at the time. One-on-one's, first time finishes, the Mexican has a track record of doing just that. Is there really anybody reliable in the Liverpool side right now who can deliver regularly? It's hard to make a case for any of them.

The reaction on Twitter was summed up earlier on. There were a lot of positive comments towards such a move but the reasons for not going for Chicharito were quite interesting.

One of which was to sort the defence out first. There are two main issues with this point: 

1) While you are not scoring, it doesn't matter how strong the defence is, you're simply not going to win football matches.

2) Is it not possible to try and address both issues at the same time?

Any notion that Hernandez shouldn't be a target for the Reds because he used to play for one of the club's fiercest rivals should be dismissed out of hand. It doesn't matter who else he played for, what matters is whether he can produce or not for a Liverpool side under Klopp's management. 

Some would say Liverpool should target other players, like Alex Teixeira, who seemingly has a monumental price tag over his head. Though his record is impressive he is a lesser known quantity.

Hernandez has pedigree, a good goalscoring record, age on his side, and it would be a lovely bit of needle on Liverpool's part to sign him. What's not to like?

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