West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen is not good enough to play for Liverpool, according to pundit Danny Murphy.
The Reds were heavily linked with a move for the 24-year-old throughout the summer and Goal reported earlier this month that a deal could still happen in January.
Bowen has started all 12 games in the Premier League for West Ham this season, scoring twice and registering four assists.
In his latest column for MyBettingSites, Murphy discussed the possibility of Bowen replacing Mohamed Salah at Anfield but suggested that Liverpool should look elsewhere.
“I did hear those rumours and I was a little bit surprised,” he said. “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.
“He scores goals, has nice finishing, good feet, does his defensive duties and you can see that he plays for the team, he’s not got a big ego or hide away from the work.
“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
“That’s not saying I don’t like him [Bowen], I do like him. I’m just talking about filling the boots or competing with the likes of Salah and getting into the team and I just don’t think he’s at that level.”
It is obvious that Bowen is not currently on Mohamed Salah’s
level, but realistically very few players in the world can match the
Therefore it is unfair of Murphy to say that the Hammers
forward would be signed for the purposes of replacing Salah.
If Bowen did move to Anfield, he would most likely initially
be a squad option for Jurgen Klopp, but at 24 years old he is still a couple of
years away from his peak.
Look at Diogo Jota for example – who the Reds signed from a
European-challenging Wolverhampton Wanderers side – who began life on Merseyside
as a backup but is now a regular starter.
Not that West Ham fans should mind Murphy’s comments too
much. The longer that Bowen stays at the London Stadium the better.
He ranks second in the Hammers team this season for shots per game, key passes per game and most fouled per game – all behind Michail Antonio – and first for dribbles per game [via WhoScored].
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