Liverpool have been linked with a move for West Ham United forward Jarrod Bowen as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options.
According to The Athletic’s James Pearce, the 24-year-old features on a shortlist drawn up of potential transfer targets for the summer window.
However, whether Liverpool can afford to strengthen their first-squad in the final third over the coming months will largely depend on whether Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri leave Anfield.
The Reds are open to offers for both players, with Shaqiri reportedly attracting interest from Italian outfit Lazio.
After a hugely underwhelming 2020/21 for Klopp’s charges, the German tactician is thought to be in the market for at least one attacking target ahead of the upcoming campaign.
The normally dependable duo of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino suffered a severe drop-off in form, scoring 11 and nine goals respectively in the league. Their backups, Origi and Shaqiri, failed to adequately replace them.
It left Liverpool extremely lightweight upfront for large sections of the season, and the supporters would have been hoping for a big-name signing to add some extra firepower this summer.
And although Bowen fits the profile for the 19-time English champions in terms of his age, playing style and versatility, his quality and ability to put the ball in the back of the net are arguably not at the standard required.
Bowen scored double figures in consecutive years for Hull City in the Championship but since arriving at the London Stadium in January 2020, the stocky winger hasn’t found consistent form at the highest level. He’s bagged nine goals and provided ten assists in 53 appearances for the Hammers, a respectable return but not one that would usually see a ‘Big Six’ club come calling.
While Bowen’s unquestionable work rate and stamina make him a good fit for Klopp’s unique gegenpressing style, Liverpool fans should be concerned at his lack of end product.
A forward’s job is ultimately to provide match-winning moments on a regular basis, popping up with goals to win big games and fire the club to glory. Bowen is yet to show he can do that for a club as ambitious as Liverpool.
Nevertheless, Pearce’s report claims that Klopp rates him highly and that the club will continue to monitor his development even if they don’t pursue a deal in the current window. Though, the fans may be hoping for someone with a better record in front of goal instead.