Danny Murphy has questioned Liverpool’s reported links with Jarrod Bowen, suggesting the West Ham United attacker may not suit the Reds.
Jarrod Bowen has caught the eye in the past 18 months with some terrific performances for West Ham United. Under David Moyes’s tutelage, the wide attacker has helped the Hammers qualify for the Europa League while contributing enough to take his team into the top-four during the current campaign.
He recently starred in West Ham’s win over Liverpool at the London Stadium, which ended the Reds’ 25-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. However, his displays have attracted the interest of several sides, with the Merseysiders one of the primary suitors.
Klopp has been searching for a wide attacker in the past windows to freshen up his front line. There are plenty of players linked, including some notable names from the Premier League. Ismaila Sarr and Raphinha are among those strongly linked with a move, along with the West Ham star.
Liverpool would prefer to sign Bowen for the long term and possibly replace their superstar attacker Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian’s future remains unsolved at Anfield as talks over a new contract continue. If those discussions are to stall, there is a high chance the Merseysiders might consider selling him.
However, going back on those links to Bowen, former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has questioned the club’s reported choice of replacement for Salah. Murphy’s comments about Bowen appeared on the Liverpool Echo, as he stated his surprise at those rumours.
Murphy said, “If you’re looking at winning Champions Leagues and Premier Leagues each year, I’m not sure yet, maybe he (Jarrod Bowen) could get to that level; we’ll have to wait and see. I have to say that the recruitment at Liverpool has been really good. I did hear those rumours, and I was a little bit surprised.”
“I say surprised not because I don’t like Bowen, I think he has adapted to the Premier League well, I think he’s shown a real appetite to improve his game and get into that West Ham side, playing off the right hand side. I think Liverpool are going to be buying forward players thinking more long-term, thinking of Salah’s age, Mane’s age.”
“I’d be looking at players who are on par near that level and can go straight in and be good as. If you’re talking about Salah leaving, Salah doesn’t sign a new contract and someone came in with huge money, do I think Liverpool supporters would be content with Bowen coming in and filling in his shoes, I’d say no.”
Murphy is correct in his assessment when he says that Bowen is not on Salah and Mane’s level. However, very few players can deliver so consistently, and Liverpool do need able rotation options, which brings Bowen into discussion for a transfer.
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