Opinion: Declan Rice looked like an ideal Liverpool player vs Ukraine


Opinion: Declan Rice looked like an ideal Liverpool player vs Ukraine

Declan Rice played wonderfully against Ukraine. The West Ham United man looked ideal for Liverpool.

Liverpool will have liked what they saw from Declan Rice against Ukraine on Saturday. That’s if they do truly want him.

They supposedly do, though it comes from a source we’re not familiar with. ‘In the know’ ExWHUemployee is an apparent insider with West Ham United. The source gets a remarkable amount right about the club, from transfer news to matchday XIs.

Our sister-site Hammers News trusts them and this week the source mentioned Liverpool. They claim the Reds are in for Rice, with Jurgen Klopp a big fan.

Liverpool are considering an offer, in fact. Now, the Telegraph believe it could cost £100m to get him but Rice hopes they drop to £60m.

And on the back of some recent performances, that latter figure could be well worth it.

Declan Rice vs Ukraine

We wrote back in January that Rice could be an ideal replacement for Jordan Henderson. He showed that kind of ability off on Saturday.

Rice only played 57 minutes before actually going off for the Liverpool captain. In that time, though, he was the kind of holding midfielder the Reds love.

He completed 90% of his passes, for instance. That goes some way to showing just how ‘safe’ Rice was in the heart of midfield.

Because he also didn’t get dribbled past once, nor was he dispossessed. You can’t get much more reliable than that.

Rice also made three clearances and four interceptions. The latter was 50% of England’s total – not bad for a player who didn’t even play an hour.

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Perhaps Liverpool would want a little more creativity (Rice didn’t create any chances) but as far as defending counter-attacks go, this was near-perfection. He did the same against Germany, too.

Rice finished that game with four tackles and three interceptions – both more than anyone else in the game. That’s remarkable for a 22-year-old who’s never actually played as high as the Champions League before.

We can only imagine how far Klopp and co. could move him on. He’s a magnificent shield for any defence already and allows his team to focus on so much more going forward.

Liverpool dominate the ball and look to hit fast and Rice is showing himself to be ideal for that style. It’s no surprise they supposedly want him, then. Now, if they can just drive that price down…

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