Liverpool have been linked with a whole host of names throughout the summer transfer window including the likes of Donyell Malen, Florian Neuhaus, Federico Chiesa and Saul Niguez, but Ibrahima Konate remains as the only arrival.
Among the players tipped for a move to Anfield, Jarrod Bowen’s name has also emerged, with the West Ham forward not quite deemed to be as stellar as some others on Jurgen Klopp’s rumoured shortlist.
Bowen isn’t as well known on the European stage as some others but for Liverpool to be interested in his services, he must possess specific qualities that are recognised as valuable by the Reds.
Still just 24 years-old, the Hammers attacker has scored just nine goals in the Premier League since his transfer from Hull City, but his numbers at his previous club showcased a higher level.
For the Tigers across three Championship campaigns, he scored 52 goals from a starting role out wide, finding the net roughly every 204 minutes once excluding penalties.
The way in which Bowen provides his threat could be central to the Reds’ interest in him, as he offers comparable perks to Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane when he’s on the field.
The trio share the ability to perform on both flanks while also being highly capable with both feet, with Jota in particular recognised as one of the most two-footed talents in England.
He prefers his right foot, but just 67% of the time, which makes him closer to an even 50/50 split than the large majority of offensive players in Europe.
Mohamed Salah, for context, is 84% left-footed, Raheem Sterling is 89% right-footed, and Jack Grealish is 93% right-footed. Mane interestingly ranks as another of the most two-footed players in the division with his right-foot used just 75% of the time.
Bowen can’t quite match Jota’s level of two-footedness, but he’s 79% left-footed, indicating that he’s not far from a left-footed version of the Portuguese forward that Liverpool signed from Wolves last summer.
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Bowen is a hard worker, he’s active in dangerous areas, and he’s mobile enough to fit as part of Klopp’s system. If he was to join up with a squad that already features Jota and Mane, the Reds would have one of the most two-footed attacks in world football.
Question marks remain over whether Bowen is able to meet the demand for elite quality at Anfield, but as a multifaceted and somewhat unique forward who is also homegrown, there are features to his game that are likely to interest Liverpool.
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