By Callum O'Connell

17th Sep, 2023 | 3:40pm

Liverpool transfer news as West Ham United star Jarrod Bowen mooted as Mohamed Salah replacement

West Ham star Jarrod Bowen would be a “good fit” to replace Mohamed Salah at Liverpool and could follow in Declan Rice’s footsteps, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.

Jacobs suggested there could be a hint of jealousy for Bowen seeing Rice playing Champions League football, as he knows he could be playing at that level, and believes he is good enough.

It was also claimed that now could be the right time for Bowen to leave the Hammers, having been a good servant at the London Stadium, but is now ready to take a step up in his career.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT on 16 September, Jacobs shared: “Liverpool will have already had a list of Salah replacements long before they knew about the Saudi interest because that’s how they plan. That’s how they work and how the dynamic is. I think that Bowen is a good fit for Liverpool.

“He will have seen Declan Rice leave and, in the same way that Rice had said at the World Cup that he was jealous of his colleagues playing Champions League football, I think that Bowen will now watch Rice go and play Champions League football and will get that same sense of jealousy, or ambition, whatever you want to call it.

“Because he does want to play Champions League football, and he knows he’s capable of it.

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“He’s been a great servant to West Ham, but next summer might be the time, and let’s see whether the Liverpool links grow.”

Has the time come?

As Jacobs suggested, the time may finally have come for Bowen to take a step up, but whether or not now would be the right time for him or for his club is a completely different question.

Having scored the winning goal in last year’s Europa Conference League final in Prague, Bowen will go down in history for West Ham, and his name will live on forever at the club, so perhaps a change of location could now be on the cards, having already cemented his legacy.

At the same time, though, the East London club seem to be on the up. A trophy-winning season last time out has set the precedent, and David Moyes will be targeting further silverware with Bowen spearheading his side at the London Stadium.

After a very positive start to the season for the Hammers, there will be hopes that they can tempt Bowen to stay. They were reportedly lining up a new deal as a priority, so it remains to be seen which decision will be made.

In other West Ham news, Gary Lineker shared a four-word review of the Hammers live on BBC.