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Unexpected form could cost Liverpool their shot at Declan Rice

Liverpool hold some interest in Declan Rice, according to reports. But an unexpected season could cost them their chance.

The claim comes from the Transfer Podcast. Ian McGarry says that Liverpool, along with Manchester United, have made their interest in Declan Rice known to West Ham United.

This comes as Chelsea remove him from their plans.

“He is no longer on the transfer list of recruitment possibilities for the Stamford Bridge club, but he has certainly roused the interest of Liverpool and Manchester United,” said McGarry.

“Both of whom have expressed interest to Rice’s agent as we understand and they have asked to be kept informed of any offers made for the England international.”

The Guardian reported in January that any move would cost around £80m. Really, though, we think it would cost far more. It’s just been that kind of season.

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West Ham are currently fifth and in good form. They are, quite extraordinarily, a genuine top-4 contender after 24 games.

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And that makes any move like this very difficult to pull off. Because if West Ham do qualify for Europe – let alone the Champions League – there is surely no chance whatsoever that they’d sell Rice.

Certainly not for any even half-reasonable fee. £80m actually seems too low in that scenario, given Harry Maguire went for that figure.

Rice is younger, has a higher ceiling and would be at a club in a better position. We just don’t see why West Ham would sell for even £80m.

So if Liverpool had any plans to sign Rice this summer, West Ham’s form might ruin them. At the very least, they’ll surely put them off for a year.

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We don’t think that’s the end of the world, though. Rice would be too expensive for Liverpool’s needs, even at £80m.

But regardless of our thoughts, we want Liverpool’s plans to come to fruition – even if we don’t see the appeal. They usually get them right, after all.

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