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Liverpool transfer newLiverpool transfer news: Klopp told why Declan Rice is the only man to replace midfield stalwarts: Klopp told why Declan Rice is the only man to replace midfield stalwart

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Liverpool have been told that Declan Rice is the man to turn to if they are going to replace skipper Jordan Henderson any time soon.

Despite having many critics during his 11 years at Anfield, Henderson led the Reds to their first Premier League title success in 30 years in 2020 and lifted a seventh Champions League just a year earlier.

However, he is no longer considered an automatic selection for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Indeed, Naby Keita was preferred for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at Villarreal in midweek.

Henderson is still a key cog in Klopp’s midfield engine room though. Indeed, he only signed a new four-year contract with Liverpool last summer.

But with some calls suggesting he could eventually be frozen out on Merseyside, former Anfield man Danny Murphy thinks Rice is the man who should replace him.

The West Ham star will not come cheap, however, with David Moyes rating him at a whopping £150million.

Despite that loft figure, Murphy insists Rice would be a ‘phenomenal’ signing.

Rice still has room to improve

Speaking to Anfield Watch, on behalf of The Punters Page, Murphy said: “Declan Rice for me 100%. I think if you’re looking for a Jordan Henderson replacement, then you need somebody who could be there for the next ten years.

“Rice is a super athlete; he can get box-to-box like Henderson and he leads others around him.

“He doesn’t have to play the holding role, but he could if Fabinho got injured, and I think he could become a great number eight in a better side.

“He’ll be able to get forward more and score goals which he has shown at times. I know he’ll be really expensive, and Liverpool won’t pay that sort of money. But if you’re asking me from a fan’s mindset and a pundit mindset, then if Liverpool were to only sign Declan Rice it would be a phenomenal signing. But as I say I think it would be unlikely.”

Rice has notched six goals in 50 games in all competitions for the Hammers this term, adding four assists.

Henderson, in comparison, has netted three times and he does have more assists with six in 51 games.

Rice suits frantic Klopp style

The one thing you have to have in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield is energy and Rice has that in abundance.

The fact that he is still developing his game would also make him a dream to work with alongside Klopp, who is renowned for improving players.

Despite all that, it’s harsh on Henderson that may pundits feel his Liverpool career is on the slide.

At 31, he still has plenty to give and could be the man that leads the club to an unprecedented quadruple this term.

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Chelsea takeover: Todd Boehly makes Mount, James contract calls as exciting transfer plan outlined

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Prospective new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly and his consortium have reportedly made fresh contracts for Reece James and Mason Mount a priority.

The Blues have faced an uncertain few months following the sanctions on previous owner Roman Abramovich. The situation has affected every aspect of the club, from fans’ attendance to player retention.

Indeed, key centre-back Antonio Rudiger has decided to move on as a free agent to Real Madrid. He grew frustrated at waiting for Chelsea, who still cannot tie players to new deals.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Stamford Bridge club. LA Dodgers chief Boehly is leading a group who have agreed terms to take Chelsea over.

And according to the Daily Mail, player contracts will subsequently be high on the investment agenda.

Indeed, Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjorg Wyss are ready to offer James and Mount new deals.

The England internationals rose through Chelsea‘s academy and have become a vital part of Thomas Tuchel’s team.

And partly because of the connection with the academy, the Blues want the pair on bumper new deals.

Mount’s current deal runs out in the summer of 2024 after he last signed on the dotted line in July 2019. James, meanwhile, last penned a new deal in 2020. His terms therefore expire in 2025.

Right wing-back James has made himself a crucial part of manager Thomas Tuchel’s system. Attacking midfielder Mount has scored 12 goals and assisted 15 others in 50 appearances this season.

Boehly plans key Chelsea talks

The Daily Mail adds that Boehly will pursue ‘A-list’ signings this summer.

At least one new centre-back is a key transfer mission, with Andreas Christensen leaving alongside Rudiger.

Boehly will in fact begin work on Chelsea’s summer spending this week. He will first look to meet with Tuchel to get the coach’s thoughts.

Boehly will also ask current transfer chief Marina Granovskaia and technical advisor Petr Cech for advice.

Blues need to get back on track

Chelsea came into the current season full of optimism following their Champions League triumph last season.

And they looked firm Premier League title challengers alongside Manchester City and Liverpool in the first few weeks of the season.

While the developments in Russia and Ukraine – and how they have affected Chelsea – could not have been predicted, the Blues need to refocus.

They can start by winning the FA Cup final next weekend, their second cup final clash of the campaign against Liverpool.

Indeed, Chelsea lost to the Reds on penalties in the Carabao Cup showpiece in February.

From there, Chelsea need a strong summer in the transfer market, addressing the issues at centre-back. Only then can they look towards putting up a proper fight for the Premier League title, which they have not won since 2017.

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Sam Johnstone future latest: Tottenham to win race as reasons for Man Utd reluctance emerge

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Tottenham Hotspur are set to win the race to sign out-of-contract West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer, according to a report.

The England international decided to run down his contract at the Hawthorns, making him available for free once the season has ended. A number of clubs were said to be interested, including Manchester United. However, it seems another top six club is now favourite to land the shot-stopper.

According to The Mirror, Spurs are set to sign Johnstone once his contract is finished.

The north London club are in need of some quality back-up for Hugo Lloris. Approaching 36 years of age, reinforcement is needed for someone who could take first-choice spot in the not-so-distant future.

Tottenham‘s current back-up is Pierluigi Gollini, who has been restricted to cup games this season. What’s more, he is only on loan from Atalanta and is unlikely to stay in London.

However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy views Johnstone as someone with higher quality that can go head-to-head with Lloris for a spot in the team.

Johnstone has spent the last four years with West Brom and has been consistent between the sticks throughout.

However, he was left out the Baggies squad for the last five games of the season. Boss Steve Bruce decided to stand down the England keeper, accepting he would leave at the end of the season.

“With five games left, it’s only right that David Button plays,” Bruce told BBC Sport.

Sam Johnstone unlikely target for Man Utd return

There had been rumours that Man Utd were keen on landing Johnstone for free.

The keeper was first-choice for United’s academy in 2011, however, failed to make a league appearance for the club.

After a number of loan spells, Johnstone finally secured a permanent move to West Brom in 2018.

But following news Johnstone would not be renewing his contract in West Midlands, Man Utd reportedly had Johnstone back on their radar.

Now, it is believed his former club have pulled out the race for his signature. The board at Man Utd are believed to be happy with David De Gea and Dean Henderson already on their books.

The club believe that recruiting in other positions during the summer should be seen as more of a priority.

Indeed, incoming new manager Erik ten Hag faces a massive rebuilding job. Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Brighton made that even more crystal clear and the new boss is eyeing up a new centre-back, midfielder and striker.

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TRANSFER GOSSIP – MARCOS ALONSO IN BARCELONA MOVE

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Marcos Alonso has reportedly decided to leave Chelsea for Barcelona to follow in his father’s footsteps.

The Blues left-back initially developed in Real Madrid’s academy and moved to Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina in 2016.

But after six years in London, his future is unclear. He is also preparing to enter the final year of his Chelsea contract.

Reports in the past few weeks have claimed that Alonso has his heart set on moving back to Spain.

Furthermore, a move to Barcelona is his priority and negotiations are ongoing. According to The Mirror, Alonso’s big reason for wanting to move to Barca is to try to emulate his father.

Marcos Alonso Pena played for the Camp Nou club between 1982 and 1987 as an attacking midfielder and made 161 appearances for the club.

What’s more, he picked up 22 Spain caps in his career and so wants to take on the inspiration he has gained from his father.

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