James Pearce suggests Liverpool could sign the next Sadio Mane with a move for £27m winger

James Pearce suggests Liverpool could sign the next Sadio Mane with a move for West Ham star Jarrod Bowen.

While talking on The Red Sea Podcast, Pearce referred to links to Bowen and said: “When you look at him, I think he does tick a lot of the Klopp boxes.

“Because the reality is, I think Liverpool buying the finished article with Alisson and with van Dijk, that was almost an anomaly, really, because of the Coutinho money.

“I just think Liverpool will be in the market for, rather than the finished article, they’ll be in the market for what Sadio Mane was like four, five years ago when he came in, and similarly with Mo Salah.

“Those players who aren’t absolutely world-class, but they believe that with Klopp, and with the structure at Liverpool, that they can elevate them to that kind of level.”

Bowen isn’t at Liverpool’s level

While Liverpool fans would back him to the hilt if he joined the club, I don’t think he’s at the level that is required by a team of this standard.

READING, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United during the pre-season friendly between Reading and West Ham United at Madejski Stadium on July 21, 2021 in Reading, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
READING, ENGLAND – JULY 21: Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United during the pre-season friendly between Reading and West Ham United at Madejski Stadium on July 21, 2021 in Reading, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Diogo Jota wasn’t on Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah’s level before he moved to Anfield and arguably still isn’t but he’s developed since he scored 16 goals the season before he joined the club.

He then went on to score 13 in his first season with the Reds despite missing 19 games with a serious knee injury and is expected to kick on after a great pre-season.

Jarrod Bowen, however, in his best-ever season, only scored 8 goals and he played in every single Premier League game for West Ham.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at London Stadium on September 27, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Frank Augstein - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Wolves. (Photo by Frank Augstein – Pool/Getty Images)

With Liverpool linked with Jeremy Doku and the like, it would be very disappointing if they opted to sign Bowen instead, with Transfermarkt valuing him at £27million.

I understand that it’s easier to sign English talent due to the lack of pressure from non-homegrown quotas and visas when you can sign a better player, surely you go the extra mile?

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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