Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice next summer, along with a number of their rivals.
The Lowdown: Rice impresses for club and country
The 22-year-old has emerged as an impressive midfielder in recent years, standing out as a key man for both the Hammers and the Three Lions.
Rice helped West Ham qualify for the Europa League last season, while he also reached the final of Euro 2020 with England, starting every game in the tournament.
The Latest: Liverpool linked with move
According to 90min, Liverpool are keen on the idea of signing the Englishman next summer, at a point when Jurgen Klopp may be looking to freshen up his midfield.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are also reportedly interested, however, so the Reds could face a fight to sign Rice.
The Verdict: Potentially overpriced?
While the £63million-rated Rice is a good young player – Chris Sutton hailed him as an ‘outstanding talent’ this week – whether or not he would justify a likely huge price tag is up for debate, considering he hasn’t yet shone at the very top level for an extended period.
Not only that, but in Fabinho, Liverpool already have someone who masters the No.6 role, so it is hard to see how the England man would fit into the team unless Klopp opts to use two out-and-out defensive midfielders.
It feels more likely that Rice will end up going to one of the other Premier League high-fliers, given their penchant for spending big sums of money on players compared to the Reds.
In other news, some Liverpool fans have reacted to rumoured Reds interest in another Premier League player. Read more here.
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