Even in a game in which West Ham were dominated from start to finish, Bowen managed to get himself on the scoresheet.
With his side’s second of only two shots in the quarter-final at Anfield, the 27-year-old bent the ball round Caoimhin Kelleher to reduce the deficit.
It served as a mere consolation, with Liverpool winning 5-1 to set up a semi-final against Fulham, but it lifted Bowen’s tally to 12 goals and four assists in 22 games this season.
Though a natural right winger, he has done so while often operating up front this season, which has not gone unnoticed by Klopp.
Speaking to Sky Sports before kickoff, the Liverpool manager praised Bowen for his versatility – and went so far as to describe him as his “favourite player” outside of the current squad.
“Playing without Antonio, and Bowen steps up in that position – probably my favourite player besides my players,” Klopp said.
“It’s just great what he’s doing and how he develops.”
It is not the first time Klopp has singled Bowen out for praise, either, having done so twice before in pre-match press conferences.
In November 2021, he explained: “I like Bowen a lot.
“He made his way up from, was it Hull, if I’m right? And took not too long to get there, to show exactly what kind of player he can be in the Premier League as well, made big steps.”
The following March, Klopp continued: “Bowen, what a player he became, unbelievable!
“We saw him as well at Hull and he was really good that time, but I’m not sure a lot of people expected this jump.
Liverpool were first touted with an interest in Bowen in the summer of 2021, though as Klopp noted, it would appear scouts have tracked the England international since his time at Hull.
Bowen is represented by the same agency as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, with Jordan Henderson, Nat Phillips and Liverpool youngsters Oakley Cannonier, Josh Davidson and Reece Trueman also clients of PLG.
Whether this long-held interest and public praise will pave the way for a move to Anfield in the future is unclear, though he would undoubtedly be on Klopp’s list of targets.