‘I’ve said it before…’ – John Aldridge urges Liverpool to ‘take and take’ 27s/year if Mo Salah is sold

John Aldridge has made a firm recommendation to Liverpool’s transfer hierarchy should Mo Salah be sold.

The former Reds striker wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo on Wednesday morning that he could envision the club cashing in on the Egyptian, who was recently the subject of a nine-figure bid from the Saudi Pro League.

Should LFC take the money for the 31-year-old, the former Republic of Ireland international believes Michael Edwards and Richard Hughes would have to look to the Premier League for a replacement.

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Aldridge stated: “There will be a big opportunity for the manager to come in and put his stamp on the team and the team. Do we need a new striker? I assume, and I only assume, that the club will have to let Mohamed Salah go for financial reasons.

“If I do, I’d just go and get Jarrod Bowen. I’ve said it before, Bowen, if you look at the players over there. If you can get it, all due respect to West Ham.

“We have to see if it is available and everyone is available at the right price. Like Bowen, even Ollie Watkins, they are the types of wise forward players if Mo goes that we have to look at.

“I don’t think we could get Watkins because Villa are in the Champions League now. They will keep their players, but there are two players that would suit me.”

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In many ways, Bowen would indeed appear to be an ideal long-term successor to Salah at Liverpool.

At 27, he strikes an ideal balance between boasting vast experience and still having many years ahead of him, while his English nationality would help meet his own requirements for the Reds’ domestic and European squads.

More importantly, his record shows he clearly knows how to find the back of the net, with 20 goals in 44 games this season and 43 in 166 Premier League appearances.

Some Liverpool fans may also want Bowen to play for rather than against them after a season in which he scored in each of his three games against the Reds as well as providing an assist in the 2 West Ham’s -2 against us last month.

Indeed, this summer could provide an opportune strike window for the 27-year-old. The Irons are very likely to miss out on European football for the first time in four years and bid farewell to David Moyes, who brought the winger to the club from Hull City in January 2020.

The dream scenario would be to keep Salah and sign the Hammers upfront as cover/competition, but if the Egyptian were to leave in the coming months, then bringing in someone of Bowen’s quality becomes a real necessity.

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