That’s according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs who tweeted about the interest in the 23-year-old, saying:
“As previously reported, Chelsea really want Rice (always been a priority) and believe a summer move may be possible for under £75 million.
“Multiple EPL clubs looking. Don’t rule out #LFC. #MUFC keen. No clear frontrunner yet because Rice expecting plenty of concrete interest.”
Jacobs claims that the Hammers will be hoping for a bidding war over Rice, however, they won’t get anywhere near the price quoted earlier this year which was believed to have been around £150m.
There is no doubt the midfield needs some rejuvenation, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, and James Milner all out of contract at the end of the season and the likes of Henderson and Thiago on the wrong side of 30, next summer represents a perfect chance to add some quality to the side.
Rice would be a great signing as he could also become the ideal heir to Henderson, especially with the 32-year-old’s playing time suffering this season.
He has started just seven Premier League matches, averaging a rating of 6.92 as per Sofascore. Rice offers much more of a threat going forward, registering more goal contributions than Henderson (two to zero), more shot-creating actions (47 to 23) and completes more dribbles (44.4% to 33.3%) and this clearly shows the Liverpool player doesn’t quite offer the same attacking impetus as Rice.
Defensively, the West Ham midfielder – once dubbed as a “machine” by BBC reporter Paul Carter – also has the upper hand when it comes to tackles won (16 to five), blocks (20 to nine), and aerial duels won (60% to 55.6%), via FBref, proving that Rice has all the required attributes to eventually succeed Henderson as the leader at the heart of the Liverpool midfield, perhaps sooner rather than later.
Bournemouth caretaker manager Gary O’Neil lavished praise upon Rice, saying he is “The best all-around English midfielder we have.”
And Klopp, especially for the fee quoted, should be acting sooner rather than later in order to bring the player to Liverpool.