West Ham United new boy Jarrod Bowen has told the Evening Standard what Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson said to him after a 3-2 defeat for the Hammers on Monday night.
Bowen arrived at the London Stadium in January for £20 million and played with the Champions League-winning defender at Hull City.
The 23-year-old is currently waiting for his first start at his new club, coming on for the last six minutes in the game at Anfield.
He has enjoyed a quality campaign to earn the move, scoring 17 goals and registering six assists.
After the game, he managed to catch up with his former team-mate who had a simple message for him.
He told the Evening Standard: “I spoke to Robbo briefly after the game and he told, ‘Well done on the move, just go and smash it’.
“When he went to Liverpool, a lot of people kind of wrote him off before he had kicked a ball.
“What he has gone on to achieve, though, didn’t shock me because I had seen him training every day at Hull, along with Harry Maguire.
“I was up against Robbo every day for two years at Hull and matching yourself against now one of the best left-backs in the world, I believe, has helped me as well.”
West Ham need Bowen to settle into life at his new club quickly. The Hammers are in the relegation zone and their position is pretty perilous at the moment.
Wins are needed urgently and more performances like the one at Anfield are needed from Bowen and his team-mates.
Robertson earns £50,000-a-week at Liverpool and is part of the team that has won the World and European Cups during the last 12 months.
Bowen will look to emulate his former pal’s meteoric rise to stardom at his new club and he will hope to win a place in the side sooner rather than later.
The 23-year-old has bags of matchwinning quality and the Hammers could have completed a shrewd signing if he can settle down and his the ground running.