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West Ham hero Cole: Rice developing just like Gerrard with Liverpool

West Ham hero Joe Cole has likened Declan Rice to former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard.

Rice, 22, has gone from strength to strength for the Hammers over the past 12 months and has spearheaded David Moyes' side's charge up the Premier League table, where they sit in third after 11 league games.

Cole told talkSPORT: "I've watched Declan develop over the years. He's a little bit like – and I don't want to put this kind of pressure on him – but he's a little bit like how Stevie G [Gerrard] developed at Liverpool, where he just kept adding things to his game and adding things, and adding things.

"Declan's added goals to his game now with breaking from midfield with that power, and he's hitting the target and scoring goals.

"The sky is the limit for the lad – he really is a top, top player."


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