Despite massive returns to Liverpool's squad in the form of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, fans are still frustrated at the lack of activity during this summers transfer window. Although the return of Liverpool's centre-half pairing is a massive boost heading into this season, there are still areas the Reds need strengthening in.
It seems as if every midfielder and forward under the known sun have been linked with a move to Merseyside in recent weeks, including West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen. One of the more surprising links of the bunch, sources have said Liverpool are keen on the 24 year-old.
In a brief snippet of a recent article written by Paul Gorst of the Liverpool Echo, senior sources at Anfield have not been quick to deny Liverpool's interest in Bowen. The winger played a massive role in West Ham's rise last season as they qualified for the Europa League this coming season. Bowen scored eight league goals and played in every Premier League game.
There is much uncertainty as to what Liverpool's plans are going forward. Naby Keita has looked impressive in pre season and Jurgen Klopp has spoken on how Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will transition into a more forward role this season. This will make fans wonder as to whether or not Liverpool will add to their squad or take a chance on two players with very poor injury records.
If talk is to be believed, Liverpool see Jarrod Bowen similarly to the way they saw Diogo Jota, a player who had flown relatively under the radar but suited the Klopp system and was a player ready to make the next step.
The biggest stumbling block in any potential move for the Hammers forward is his rumoured price tag of up to £40Million. Diogo Jota's services were purchased for a similar fee last October, so to pay this fee for Bowen would not be too surprising. But given the financial constraints that Liverpool reportedly have, spending this kind of money would leave little room to also purchase a midfielder.
Liverpool could certainly benefit from purchasing another forward and there would finally be no danger of Jurgen Klopp's side not having reliable and fit back up in each forward position. The Reds will be keen to not have a repeat of last season and not have enough reliable depth in each position.
If it is a case that Liverpool must make a decision between buying a forward or a midfielder, the priority must lie in the middle of the park. The Reds have an abundance of midfielders but unfortunately their depth is not reliable due to injuries. A deal for Saul Niguez is actively being pursued according to reports.