According to a report by 90min, Liverpool are monitoring West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and if he were to join, he could be the perfect man to succeed Jordan Henderson in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
According to 90min, Liverpool and Manchester City have joined the race to sign the Hammers midfielder, with West Ham reportedly willing to sell him for just £50 million, which is £30 million less than they demanded for him last summer when Chelsea were heavily interested.
Rice has established himself as one of the best young players in the Premier League in recent years and despite being just 22-years-old, he regularly captains West Ham’s team in the absence of Mark Noble.
The England international has made 130 appearances for the Hammers’ first-team now, contributing three goals and five assists in that time.
The former Chelsea youngster’s performances both last season and this season have been extremely consistent, averaging a 7.01 and 7.02 rating across for his appearances in the top-flight.
He has also shown himself to be adept at playing as a centre-back and a defensive midfielder, and given both Henderson and Fabinho have featured in defence for Klopp’s side so far this season, it seems as if he would be a good fit with the Merseyside club.
From a defensive perspective, Rice looks to already have the edge on Henderson, as he has averaged 1.8 tackles and 2 interceptions per game this season, compared to the Liverpool captain’s 1.3 tackles and 1.4 interceptions in the Premier League season.
Whilst the 30-year-old plays significantly more passes per game than Rice, this can be attributed to Liverpool’s style of play, and again, the West Ham man has a higher pass success rate and plays more key passes per game than Henderson.
Earlier this season, David Moyes was full of praise for his midfielder, saying:
“He is such an improved player. I really think he is doing a great job as a player and we are building up hope that he will be an outstanding captain.”
Therefore, Rice appears to have very similar attributes to Henderson, and whilst the former Sunderland man will have no intention of losing his starting spot at Liverpool anytime soon, if Michael Edwards were to bring him to Anfield, he could be the perfect man to succeed the Reds’ captain in the future.
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