While David Moyes’ West Ham United side headed into Sunday’s Premier League fixture in an excellent run of form, the Hammers’ nevertheless faced a monumental task if they were to have any chance of taking all three points away from the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s previously unbeaten Liverpool team.
However, as has so often been the case this season, West Ham once again defied the odds against a heavily favoured opposition, with goals from Pablo Fornals, Kurt Zouma and an own goal from Allison sealing a famous victory for the Hammers, whose 3-2 triumph lifted them above the Reds into third place in the Premier League standings.
And, while any one of the West Ham team could be singled out for praise, Jarrod Bowen’s performance on the right-wing deserves particular credit, as the 24-year-old destroyed Liverpool on Sunday evening.
Indeed, over his 84 minutes on the pitch against Liverpool, the £27m-rated man caused the Reds continuous problems on the break, with the winger playing a crucial role in two of the Hammers’ three goals – ending the match with two assists to his name, creating two big chances for his teammates, making two key passes and successfully completing one dribble.
What perhaps makes Bowen’s performance all the more impressive is how little he saw of the ball, managing just 34 touches – only two more than Lukasz Fabianski between the West Ham sticks – as well as completing just 11 passes in the fixture.
However, it was certainly a case of quality over quantity for the man Gary Neville dubbed a “bundle of energy“, something that was reflected in the £80k-per-week forward’s SofaScore match rating of 7.4 – the third-highest rating received by a West Ham player on the day.
And, if Bowen and his teammates can maintain their level of performance against Liverpool over what remains of the current campaign, there would appear to be very little reason to suggest that the Hammers will be unsuccessful in their bid to secure a top-four finish in the league – something that would be a remarkable achievement for Moyes and his men.