Liverpool stand twelfth in the Premier League when it comes to goals scored. Christian Benteke, their one fit striker, appears to play an entirely different brand of football than the rest of the team. Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, and Danny Ings look like perfect fits but all are currently out injured.
To say the Reds have a striker problem is an understatement. Queue rumours linking them with Javier Hernandez—aka Chicharito—who has impressed with Bayer Leverkusen this season following a £7M switch last summer and kicked off a round of frenzied speculation by suggesting he doesn’t expect to be there long-term.
The 27-year-old Hernandez has been in the form of his career at Bayer, making his eagerness to leave somewhat puzzling. No matter the reason or rationale, though, rumour mongers have been more than happy to spin stories of a Premier League return, with Arsenal, Tottenham, and Liverpool reportedly all desperate to land him.
Those rumours started out suggesting a summer move back to the Premier League was on the cards for the Mexican international but have since grown into a January fight between the three English sides, all of which could use some measure of striker help right now—with Liverpool clearly the most desperate of the lot.
"I do not know if I will play next season at Bayer," the striker was reported as saying last week in an interview with Spanish weekly sports magazine Don Balon that got English rumour mongers all hot and bothered. "In this sport, it doesn’t matter if you sign a contract for 10 years or 10 times to extend one year."
Hernandez has scored 19 goals in 22 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen so far this season, averaging a goal for every 94 minutes he’s on the pitch.