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John Barnes believes Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice would be perfect for Liverpool


John Barnes has been impressed with Declan Rice’s performances for West Ham and England (Picture: Getty)

John Barnes believes Liverpool should be looking to enter the race to sign England star Declan Rice.

The West Ham midfielder was coveted by Chelsea last summer, and their former manager Frank Lampard, in particular, but Rice remained with the east London club after their rivals baulked at his £80million valuation.

Rice subsequently played a key role in the Hammers’ impressive season which culminated in Europa League qualification and has further enhanced his reputation as part of the Three Lions side which has reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020.

Declan Rice has been a big part of England’s Euro 2020 success (Picture: Getty)

The 22-year-old is reported to have put both Chelsea, who are showing interest again, and Manchester United on red alert having rejected two contract offers, but Barnes believes Rice would be ideally suited to his old club who are still looking to replace Gini Wijnaldum.

‘There have been suggestions that Declan Rice is a target for Liverpool and he would be a good fit for them. Liverpool like central midfield players who work hard,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets.

‘Declan Rice isn’t going to come in and score lots of goals, he’s not going to be creative, he’s not a midfield player like David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne or Ilkay Gundogan, but Liverpool don’t need that.

Kalvin Phillips has enhanced his reputation during England’s run to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 (Picture: Getty)

‘The kind of players Liverpool need are players like Rice or Yves Bissouma, hard-working midfield players who get the ball forward, make tackles, win the ball and keep it quite simple.

‘He’s similar to Jordan Henderson in that way. So if he wants to come to Liverpool, he has the right profile for them.’

Barnes has also been taken with the impressive partnership Rice has formed with Kalvin Phillips at the heart of England’s midfield and Barnes believes that duo deserve immense praise for their side’s flawless defensive record.

‘I’ve said before that the leaders in the team needed to be Kane, Sterling and Maguire, and all of them stepped up in Rome, but the important part of the team are the two midfield players, Phillips and Rice. They’re the main reason we haven’t conceded a goal so far,’

‘Opponents have got at our back four easily at times – look at the Scotland game – but those two players have really protected the back four, so they deserve special credit.’


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