Liverpool have been linked to West Ham United winger Jarrod Bowen, with the Reds’ transfer business kicking off ahead of the new season.

The ECHO knows that Bowen is on a list of names Klopp wants to bring to Anfield.

The 24-year-old has a proven track record in the Premier League and played a key role in West Ham’s impressive 2021-22 season. He recorded five goals and eight assists when the Irons took an automatic Europa League qualifier for the first time in their history.

If Liverpool were to join Bowen a serious downsizing would be required as current Reds Xhedran Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Divock Origi have been linked to an Anfield move this summer. The door has already opened for some as the duo Marko Grujic and Taiwo Awoniyi both move permanently from the club for a combined total of £ 17 million.

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Bowen’s work ethic, his intelligence outside of possession and his ability to create opportunities in long positions make him an ideal player type for Jürgen Klopp. So what would happen if Bowen signed for Liverpool?

To find out, we simulated the next season with Bowen in the Liverpool squad along with new signing Ibrahima Konate and that’s exactly what happened.

We ‘signed’ Jarrod Bowen for Liverpool this summer ‘

To create this simulation we used the editor from Football Manager 2021 and planned Bowen to connect to Liverpool on July 1st, 2021.

Let’s take a look at the former Hull City player’s in-game profile on FM21.

Jarrod Bowen’s in-game profile for Football Manager 2021

Bowen struggled to break into Liverpool’s first team, playing a total of 38 games, but 27 of them came off the bench.

He made a decent contribution to the team on paper, scoring eight goals and providing five assists in his first season on Merseyside.

However, Bowen started just seven games in the Premier League, scoring four goals and making four assists, with nearly 50% of his goals being scored in the FA Cup.

The former Hull City man also didn’t start a single Champions League game and came off the bench seven times.

Jarrod Bowen’s stats over the course of the simulated 21/22 season

But the 24-year-old suited Klopp’s side defensively. The winger covered 7.5 km per 90, which was more than Sadio Mane (7.4 per 90), and was just behind Mohammed Salah (7.8 km per 90).

At the end of the 2021/22 season, Football Manager 2021 put together the best overall Liverpool XI based on performance, statistics and other metrics.

This is what Liverpool’s best team looked like at the end of the 2021/22 season, as predicted by Football Manager 2021.

Despite his impressive first season, there was no place for Bowen in the top team

Despite his impressive first season, there was no place for Bowen in the top team

Full Liverpool best XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Konate, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Bowen was unable to make his way into the Reds’ best team due to his lack of playing time.

How did Liverpool get on with Bowen on the team and could he help bring cutlery to Anfield?

Liverpool’s simulated 2021-22 season with Bowen.

This is what the final Premier League table looked like at the end of the season.

The 21/22 Premier League table simulated in FM2122

The 21/22 Premier League table simulated in FM2122

It was excruciatingly close, but they were flashbacks of the 2018-19 season for Liverpool as Manchester City beat the Reds to the title by just one point as Bowen’s side finished second.

There was no other competition for Klopp’s team either.

Their best performance was in the Carabao Cup when they reached the final of the competition, but Salah’s early goal wasn’t enough as they lost 2-1 to Manchester United.

The Reds stayed behind in their cup competitions

The Reds stayed behind in their cup competitions

Bowen scored in the Reds’ fourth round loss to Chelsea and Barcelona beat Liverpool 1-0 in two games in the Champions League round of 16.

Despite the lack of cutlery, FM21 predicted it would be a decent single season for Bowen who managed to make an impression on the bench.

However, the simulation also suggests that while Bowen’s contribution was okay, Liverpool may be better off looking at other goals and possibly other positions to bolster when they win the Premier League and up next season want to compete at the highest level.

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