LIVERPOOL should take advantage of Manchester United’s decision to exile Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez by snapping him up if he is available at the end of his loan at Real Madrid.
That is the verdict of Zapsportz.com columnist Glenn Hoddle who argues that United will be making a grave mistake if they opt not to bring Hernandez back into the Old Trafford fold – and Real decide not to sign him at the end of the season.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has been either unlucky, or downright negligent, in the way he has lost, sold, or had strikers injured or wanting to quit Anfield.
Hoddle, the former England, Chelsea and Spurs manager, has advocated for several days now that United boss Louis van Gaal should bring him backhome, but as the Dutch coach appears not to want him – despite needing strikers every bit as much as Rodgers – Hoddle suggests that Anfield would be a logical destination.
Hoddle tells Zapsportz.com in an exclusive interview today: “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.
“Clearly, Liverpool need to buy two strikers for next season and that’s not going to be easy, especially if they don’t make it into the top four and qualify for the Champions League. All the top clubs want strikers this summer.
“It would make sense for Liverpool to go for Hernandez. He came off the bench again against Barcelona 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.”
Chicharito confessed Real had a “learning curve” after the defeat to Juve in the first leg. “The feeling is negative because we lost the game. We fought until the end but still left with a one-goal deficit,” he said.
“We have to remain calm and use this [defeat] as a learning curve because there’s no small teams left in this competition.
“The coach asked us to show character and did what we’d done in the League. [Juve] had a great game and now we have to try to win the return match.
“I’ve always said that you have to respect every decision [made by the coach], but no player likes sitting on the bench.”