Liverpool are reportedly one of a number of clubs alerted to the potential availability of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice in the summer.

According to 90Min, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all interested in signing the England international due to West Ham lowering his price tag to £50m.

The report claims that the Hammers have had to reduce his value because of the financial impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the club in the last nine months.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Matej Vydra of Burnley is challenged by Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley FC at London Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT 

This seems like a rather strange transfer rumour given that Liverpool already have a top-class defensive midfielder in the form of Fabinho. Whilst the Brazilian is currently being deployed at centre-back, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could be back from injury in the summer, allowing him to move back into his favoured position.

Fabinho averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.89 across 28 appearances in the Premier League last season as Liverpool won the title, proving his worth in the defensive midfield position. This shows that there may not be any need for Rice at Liverpool, assuming that Fabinho is still at the club, and the Reds could be better off allowing City, United and Chelsea to battle it out for his signature.

Liverpool could focus their efforts on other areas of the pitch, for example the centre-back position given the issues they have had this season. Fabinho has been forced back into the defence, as has Jordan Henderson at times, and this shows that Klopp’s squad could do with an extra central defender to start or provide cover – rather than another midfielder.

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