Why Liverpool should think twice before making shock Jarrod Bowen transfer move

In almost every transfer window there is a deal or two that makes you do a double-take and question whether you have really read it right.

From the outrageous (Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham), to the controversial (Sol Campbell from Tottenham to Arsenal ) to the downright bizarre (Scott Carson to Manchester City ), these are the moves that simply nobody sees coming.

Jarrod Bowen going from the Hammers to Liverpool may not be quite up there in the Julien Faubert to Real Madrid school of shocks.

But it is certainly a rumour which is likely to raise eyebrows – and with good reason.

Jarrod Bowen is being linked with a surprise move to Liverpool
Jarrod Bowen is being linked with a surprise move to Liverpool

The Athletic reported on Wednesday that Bowen is high on a list of offensive targets for the Reds, with their manager Jurgen Klopp known to be a big fan of the player.

With the Irons having only signed the 24-year-old last year, they are unlikely to let him go without a fight, and will probably demand at least double the £22m they splashed out to sign him from Hull.

There is no denying that Bowen has looked impressive since his switch to the London Stadium from the Tigers, as his eight goals and five assists in the Premier League last season are testament to.

But nevertheless, the whole notion of him going to Liverpool at this point just does not appear to make much sense for a number of reasons.

To start with, the Reds are not exactly struggling when it comes to right wingers, which is Bowen’s favoured position.

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The natural first-choice to play on that flank is, of course, Mohamed Salah, who looks set to stay at least one more season at the club despite rumours linking him with a move away.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also more than capable of playing there, while the emerging 18-year-old Harvey Elliott is expected to feature much more prominently this season, although both players were deployed in unfamiliar roles in the friendlies against Wacker Innsbruk and Stuttgart on Tuesday, suggesting their contributions could be much more fluid than expected.

Harvey Elliott could be set for a break-out season for Liverpool
Harvey Elliott could be set for a break-out season for Liverpool

With Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino (remember him?) also in Liverpool’s ranks, it is a struggle to work out how Bowen would fit in, and which of the stars mentioned he could conceivably be considered better than or with more potential than at this point in time.

It is true that a number of those forwards are getting on a bit, but surely the best option would be to wait until a genuine world-class talent like Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe is available as a replacement rather than panic-buying a man who, with all respect to Bowen, is nowhere near that level yet.

Liverpool have already acted quickly in adding to a position in which they desperately needed reinforcements with the purchase of centre-back Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

But rather than yet another attacking option their next priority must be a central midfielder, particularly now that Gini Wijnaldum has departed and Jordan Henderson’s future looks less than clear.

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With talks of Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez in the offing, the addition of the Spaniard is one which would bring a lot more promise and hope to the Reds faithful than that of Bowen.

It is also worth bearing in mind Bowen’s own development.

He is currently at seemingly the perfect club, where he has earned regular first-team Premier League minutes and would have the opportunity to test himself in the Europa League if he stays.

Jarrod Bowen may be better off staying at West Ham for now
Jarrod Bowen may be better off staying at West Ham for now

A move to Liverpool would no doubt see him play back-up, at least initially, and that settling in period on Merseyside along with long spells on the bench could really stunt what looks to be a promising career ahead of him.

Of course, if Bowen shines once more next season then there is no reason why the Reds shouldn’t go in for him at this same time in 2022.

But for now, the most sensible option for all parties would be to put this transfer rumour to bed for the foreseeable future.

Whether or not Klopp will see it that way is another question.


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