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Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has earned high praise from West Ham’s Declan Rice after the two met in the Premier League recently.
Rice was clearly impressed by Alcantara’s quality on the ball, and said it was a real learning experience watching him up close.
Alcantara had a great career at Bayern Munich before moving to Liverpool last summer, and he hasn’t had the best start at Anfield.
Yet that quality is clearly still there, with Rice singing the praises of the Spanish international for the way he controls the game from the center of the park.
“The ball was like a rope. It was like he dictated the pace of the game and he was there and did it. “
West Ham fans will no doubt like to see Rice take on the positives of taking on such a tough opponent, and they will hope that she can learn from that and perhaps add something to her game as a result.
The England international is an enormously promising young talent and it could be good for him to replicate the way Alcantara can dictate the flow of games with his passing.