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Jamie Carragher has raved about West Ham’s Declan Rice, claiming he is a “huge fan of his” following the club’s 1 – 0 win over Everton at the weekend.
Former Liverpool star was impressed how the Hammers’ star managed to control the game against the Toffees on Sunday.
“The way I watched Declan Rice [on Sunday], it reminded me of a Roy Keane performance,” Carragher said on Sky Sports Main Event.
“I never judged Roy Keane on goals or assists, or Patrick Vieira on goals or assists, those top midfield players and that was his performance yesterday.
“Running the game from midfield, having a presence, punching passes in the way Keane used to. Run forward at times, with and without the ball. And every time Everton attacked, he just seemed to be the guy who was there to stop it. It was just a brilliant performance.
“I’m a huge fan of his, I really am. He was head and shoulders above everyone on the pitch yesterday at Goodison Park. He was in this role, breaking things up. But when he was making passes, they weren’t 60, 70-yard passes, he was just punching passes in.
“But sometimes when you’re running with the ball a lot, and you’re not used to it or its not you’re game, sometimes you can lose control of it. But he was always in control of it. And this situation, when Everton looked dangerous, he was the guy in front. It was reminiscent of Roy Keane at his absolute best, in that holding role but still driving forward.”