Liverpool would not sign Jarrod Bowen if it meant he arrived as Mo Salah’s replacement without a contract resolution. That’s the view of Danny Murphy.
Linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer by the Athletic, Bowen is a decent player who shone against the Reds in West Ham’s 3-2 win over Jurgen Klopp’s side.
That said, he is nothing special and certainly not a player that should be a starter at Anfield let alone be replacing a legend like Salah.
In his latest column Murphy wrote: “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.
“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 say no.
“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.”
Salah is yet to put pen to paper on a new Liverpool contract, so there is a chance he leaves the club in the summer. If that disaster comes to pass, Bowen cannot be the player to replace him.
The Egyptian is the best player in the world right now and Salah already has more goals this season than Bowen had last season and this campaign combined.