Liverpool have been surgical in their transfer business in recent years. The Reds have sold high and bought low, often turning rough gems into diamonds. Michael Edwards could be set to repeat the trick with Neil Critchley praising the ‘proper goalscorer’ Joe Hardy.
Liverpool signed Hardy for an undisclosed fee in January.
The 21-year-old forward’s arrival puzzled fans. Many supporters debated whether he was signed in order to add depth to the reserve’s front line in Rhian Brewster’s absence or whether he has something about him that the scouts spotted.
His early form for the U23s has shown that he may well have a future at the club.
In Hardy’s last game he netted an impressive brace against Sunderland U23s, although Curtis Jones stole the limelight with an eight minute hat-trick at the end of the game.
Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO after the match, Neil Critchley was full of praise for Joe Hardy, saying:
“Joe has really added to the way we play because he is there to finish the moves off for us, he was someone we lacked in the first half of the season.
“Joe is a good finisher off both feet, as you saw against Sunderland. He is a proper goalscorer and is great for us.”
What RTK has to say
Joe Hardy may well have a future in the Liverpool first team; the youngster has been blowing away opposition in the U23s.
Our first impression is that Hardy is one of those players that has been overlooked throughout his youth career due to his physical stature.
He is a similar mould of player to Dries Mertens, although the Belgian is of course much quicker, he is short but hard to knock off the ball due to his low centre of gravity. He is also a deadly finisher with immense intelligence and technique.
If playing in a first class Liverpool side that will create chances for him, we can rely on him to finish those chances. If he’s got the ability to score goals – why hold him back? We expect him to at least get a shot in the future.