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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Declan Rice this summer

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Declan Rice this summer -West Ham News

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen on bringing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to Anfield this summer, according to a fresh transfer claim.

The Lowdown: Rice superb for Hammers

The 23-year-old has matured into a formidable footballer in recent times, becoming one of the first names on the team sheet for both the Hammers and England.

Rice has been magnificent for West Ham this season, starting 28 Premier League games and even being hailed as ‘world-class’ by former head of academy recruitment David Hunt, while David Moyes has suggested he will cost any interested parties a whopping £150m.

Even still, the Englishman has of course been linked with a move away this summer, and it now appears Liverpool could be in the hunt.

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The Latest: Liverpool keen on move

According to Football Insider, a Reds recruitment source has claimed that Rice is Klopp’s ‘number one target’ in the summer transfer window.

This is quite the twist from reports just last week which suggested the Anfield outfit will not be involved in the race for Rice.

Football Insider’s report does say that there is ‘little chance’ of a move coming to fruition, however, due to the likely astronomical transfer fee that West Ham would demand.

The Verdict: Not the right fit

While Rice is a superb player, it is hard to imagine Liverpool signing him this summer, both in terms of his price tag and the fact that he isn’t necessarily needed.

In Fabinho, the Reds have one of the world’s best holding midfielders and it is difficult to see how Klopp would fit both players into his starting lineup, with the German generally only playing with one No.6.

It feels more likely that Rice will end up at one of Liverpool’s rivals – Chelsea or Manchester United, for example – with the Reds eyeing up more of an advanced No.8 instead.

In other news, Fabrizio Romano has dropped a key Liverpool transfer update. Read more here.

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