Hodgson wants to bring Liverpool's Europa League nemesis to Anfield

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Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez and Lille striker Eden Hazard have emerged as the latest players on Liverpool’s wish list, according to reports.

After a poor start to this season, manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he needs to bring in ‘five or six’ players in the January transfer window.

And, with a striker the highest priority for the Anfield boss, Hazard’s name has repeatedly been linked with the Merseysiders.

The 19-year-old Belgian scored the winner for Lille against Liverpool in last season’s Europa League first leg clash, only to see his side slip to a 3-0 defeat in the return leg at Anfield.

And former Everton defender Alan Harper has been recruited from Bolton to help Hodgson identify the best value for money targets possible to revive the fortunes of the famous club.

Hernandez could be another Liverpool are running the rule over in order to bolster their attacking options further.

The 25-year-old has won many admirers since establishing himself in the Valencia first team ahead of club legend Joaquin having returned to the club after a brief spell at Getafe.

Other reported targets for Hodgson include Tottenham’s Peter Crouch, West Ham’s Carlton Cole and Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez.

However, with new owner John W Henry’s insistence the club will be sensiblin their future transfer dealings, Hernandez and Hazard are better bets for Liverpool.

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