West Ham ace Declan Rice says a stat he saw about Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has made him feel miles off.
If Rice is the talisman for West Ham then the same can be said of Salah at Liverpool.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been linked with an interest in West Ham star Rice and his Hammers teammate Jarrod Bowen.
Whether Liverpool can afford or lure either is highly doubtful with West Ham very much a club on the rise under David Moyes.
That was highlighted when West Ham midfield enforcer Rice came third behind Liverpool’s electric Salah and Man City hero Kevin de Bruyne for the coveted Football Writers Association Player of the Year award.
In his typically ambitious and infectious style, Rice said he wished he had won the award but was honoured to come third behind two stars such as Salah and de Bruyne who are battling it out for Premier League and Champions League titles (Sky Sports).
But West Ham ace Rice says a stat he saw about Liverpool star Salah made him feel miles off winning that kind of award.
“Third, I’d have liked to have won it!,” Rice told Sky Sports.
“Look it’s hard to say that because I could never have imagined myself putting my name with those two types of players and to come third it shows that people have appreciated what I’ve done on a football pitch.
“This season I feel like I’ve taken another step in the right direction in my career…
“I want to keep going up. I’m going to learn so much more and hopefully improve so much more.
“I’m going to have (my work cut out to overtake Salah and de Bruyne). I’ve just read Salah – 44 goal contributions in 44 games.
“Worthy winner. I don’t think I’ll ever get that! I’ll be lucky to get 44 goals (in my career). But great to be in their company and nice to get the recognition.”
Rice is a very worthy third place. Especially when you measure his importance to this West Ham team.
It may not be in goals and assists like Salah for Liverpool – but in every other way Rice is just as crucial.
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