Liverpool must heed Rice’s ‘obscene’ warning as Arsenal and City seize $115m opportunity

Liverpool are watching as Arsenal and Manchester City battle it out for Declan Rice in what feels like a definitive battle in the summer transfer window.

For the Reds, there will be a level of trepidation as the top two sides in the division go head-to-head with one of its outstanding midfielders, a move that could take them further down the road.

On Monday, Manchester City submitted a bid worth $115m (£90m/€105m) $102m (£80m/€93m) of which was guaranteed — and saw West Ham turn it down. Arsenal previously offered a fixed $96m (£75m/€87m) with $19m (£15m/€17m) in add-ons (all figures via The Athletic).

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Even more than his on-field skills, one of Rice’s main selling points is his availability. As The Athletic points out, he has played at least 80 per cent of West Ham’s Premier League minutes in each of the last five seasons, including 100 per cent in 19/20, 93 per cent in 21/22 and 95.7 per cent last year.

The table below offers a breakdown of his playing time over the last four campaigns, where he has been a regular for both club and country.

Declan Rice played 215 games over four seasons.

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