21 Sept 2013

Don't Do It! - LFC want 'unacceptable' €10m star with history of 'physical problems'.

Liverpool are reportedly lining up a January move for former Spurs and Arsenal target Abel Hernandez, who plays alongside Reds striker Luis Suarez for the Uruguay national team.

According to the Daily Express today:

"Liverpool are optimistic that they may be able to get Palermo striker Hernandez in January.

"Suarez is likely to be keen on the move, with he and Hernandez known to be close friends"

In 2011, Palermo rejected a €10m bid from Spurs, and Arsenal allegedly tried to sign Hernandez on transfer deadline day, but the deal reportedly collapsed at the last minute.

The Reds interest in Hernandez stretches back to the Kenny Dalglish era, and during the January 2012 transfer window, Liverpool reportedly considered making a 'significant bid' for the striker, who has a great record of seven goals in 10 internationals for Uruguay (though four came in one match against Confederations Cup whipping boys Tahiti)

Hernandez - who could be available for a knockdown €5m fee - definitely wants to leave Palermo, and in September, he told reporters:

"The club told me that I could leave if the right offer was made. They know what I want and they know what they promised me. Serie A is beautiful, but I don't want to lose the chance of playing at the World Cup next summer, and that is what pushed me to ask for a transfer."

In November, former Palermo director Giorgio Perinetti sounded a note of caution over Hernandez. He told Radio Toscana:

“Hernandez meanwhile has struggled for a long time with physical problems. I have no doubt that when he returns he'll show his full potential.”

In an August interview Italian newspaper La Reppublica, Palermo boss Gennaro Gattuso slammed Hernandez in public for his 'unacceptable' attitude at the club. He raged:

"His training is unacceptable. I cannot give anyone a free ride, otherwise my concept of a group goes out the window. He has to tell me, the club and the fans if he wants to stay at Palermo. What Abel cannot do is continue to train the way he has been in recent weeks. It is unacceptable.”

So: a long history of 'physical problems', and an 'unacceptable' attitude to training. Doesn't really sound like the type of player Brendan Rodgers would pursue. A few of other concerning facts:

* Averaged only 23 appearances a season over the last four years.
* Scored only 7 goals for Palermo in the last two full seasons.

On the other hand, with 4 goals in 3 games so far this season - albeit in Serie B - Hernandez has hit the ground running for Palermo this season.

Worth a bid, or steer clear...?

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  1. I want LFC to sign him even if on to have a goal celebration dance off between him and Sturridge. Ha. Looks very good.

  2. He does not seem to be a Rogers type player if his training habits are to be believed. Also his record is not outstanding especially playing in Serie B. But playing alongside Suarez in the national team may benefit LFC in terms of understanding on the field. It's an option to take him as a 3rd choice striker...not sure that he'd rival Suarez and Sturridge on the field but could rival Sturridges goal celebration on Britains got talent.

  3. sign mata and ba in january
    bench ba,moses/sterling,henderson and allen
    title class

  4. Molberto Stuarezdson Ibling11:21 am, September 21, 2013

    Ain't gonna happen. Ba no way in Jan at least. Can't see Mata coming our way either - lot's of reasons.

  5. Think he a good buy for LFC. Suits our style very well. Most important is a playmaker though, and i hope we go back for Jorginho for DM.

  6. If we were ever going to sign players of proven quality we would have done so last summer. The only signing we did that fits that category was Touré and that was because he was on a free. Just get used to us signing nothing but long term gambles.

  7. EVERYTHING depends on being in the mix for top 4 come Jan. And I mean really in the running.
    If players like Mata are overlooked for their sides because their coaches fancy other players, with the WC in the summer, LFC will be a viable alternative only if we are close to offering CL.
    A Mata type player is exactly what we are short of. Add Coutinho and we will be flying, just DM to sort out then

  8. Same type with Luis Suarez.....Get rid from this player or your will be trouble and suffer again.Just Enough with Luis Suarez attitude

  9. I think despite the risks involved, this guy would be a good buy for the 4-8 mil I've seen quoted. I think for once we would be buying a player at the base of his value.