West Ham ace backed to be perfect summer signing for Liverpool ahead of transfer window

Declan Rice has been described as a potential ‘great acquisition’ for Liverpool by their former player.

West Ham have enjoyed brilliant success this season as they continue to fight for a top four spot in the Premier League, as well as European glory for the first time since they won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999.

The likes of Jarrod Bowen and Declan Rice have shone as some of the Premier League’s biggest stars, however it is the latter that has earned himself a staggering price tag due to his exceptional performances.

The England international has attracted interest from the Premier League’s biggest clubs and one side desperate for another world class midfielder is Liverpool.

The Reds have recently been linked with Rice, though it is unclear whether they would be able to afford the £150 million asking price.

Despite that, former Liverpool attacker John Barnes has been quick to back a potential move for Rice, admitting he would definitely suit their team.

Speaking to BonusCodeBets Barnes said: “Rice would fit the profile of what Liverpool want. He’s a hard-working, strong midfield player who can win tackles, break things up, defend well, and that’s the profile they look for.

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“He probably wouldn’t suit a team like Man City, but he can break the game up, cover the full backs if they go up and down, so he would suit Liverpool.

“But he’s at West Ham and Liverpool haven’t made a bid for him, so it’s speculation. If it happens it’s a great acquisition.”

Rice has made 29 appearances in the Premier League this season and has become one of their most important players.

The midfielder’s contract doesn’t expire until 2024 but talk of a summer move is becoming increasingly likely if any club are willing to pay the nine-figure sum to lure him away from the London Stadium.

Given that the 23-year-old joined West Ham at youth level and paid nothing for him, a £150 million bid may be too difficult to turn down.