Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to laud Declan Rice for his performance against them at the London Stadium on Monday night, after the 20-year-old put in a dominant display for West Ham as they snatched an unlikely point from the league leaders.
The defensive midfielder excelled against Jurgen Klopp’s men, proving to be a nuisance as he continuously destroyed the Reds’ attempts to mount an attack on Lukasz Fabianski’s goal.
Rice managed to win just one aerial duel throughout the game, but he completed a phenomenal eight tackles – amazingly, this was twice as many as the next best tackler on the field in James Milner with four to his name.
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The Hammers academy graduate is quickly becoming one of the most important players in Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI, and Liverpool fans must have been looking on enviously at one of the Premier League’s brightest stars blossoming against them.
Naturally, fans of the Merseysiders want Rice in their team after his heroic performance, if their reactions on Twitter are anything to go by…
— LIAM (@LI4MYNWA) February 4, 2019
Another poor performance, not creating anything in the final third again.. sloppy passes all over the pitch! Thought Declan Rice was class for West Ham #lfc
— Chris Hart (@Chris_Hart83) February 4, 2019
Fair play ? got some decent lads , rice and Anderson especially.
— Boom (@Boom_Boom_LFC) February 4, 2019
I get the hype around Declan Rice now, big talent.
— Umbongo (@LfcUmbongo) February 4, 2019
Declan Rice was excellent for West Ham tonight. And they showed more heart than us overall. A lucky point.
— Lfc Kev (@Kev1Lfc) February 4, 2019
LFC look like they’ve lost their bottle now, what happened to heavy metal football??
Need a win against Bournemouth Saturday to get going again.
Also Declan rice will be a top top player!
— Louis Robinson (@LouisRobbo10) February 4, 2019
Imagine being our best chance of a title in 29 years, drawing 1-1 and playing the ball from side to side 🙃. Flat, lacked energy, lacked everything. West Ham we’re class, Rice absolute rock in the middle. Probably deserved more than a point to be fair. Shocking from #LFC
— Chris Munro (@CJMunro96) February 4, 2019
— Graham Boden (@therealgeebers) February 4, 2019