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Rangers: The Liverpool players Steven Gerrard could recruit for next season

Rangers: The Liverpool players Steven Gerrard could recruit for next season

The saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is a statement that holds true to many people in all walks of life, and for Steven Gerrard, this phrase has helped him out greatly this season.

The Rangers boss used his contacts at Liverpool to bring Ryan Kent to Glasgow last summer, who has had a strong impact on the side this term

And with the club out of both domestic competitions and likely too far behind Celtic to mount a late charge for the Premiership title, attentions should have shifted towards the summer window where Gerrard and the Gers fans will be keen on seeing improvements to the squad.

With Gerrard having first refusal on some youngsters and players surplus to requirements at his former club, according to the Liverpool Echo, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Merseyside legend dip back into the pool of players at Liverpool and bring players in from south of the border.

But with Jurgen Klopp a big advocate of keeping youth players around to learn from the first-team, who could Gerrard bring in over the summer to improve the Rangers team?

One man that could be a good fit is Ben Woodburn. The Welsh international is highly thought of at Liverpool and has been regarded as one of the brightest talents at the club.

However, a disappointing loan-spell at Sheffield United that saw the 19-year-old winger play only 154 minutes in total resulted in Woodburn being recalled back to Liverpool in the January window.

A season-long loan move to Rangers might just be what the youngster needs to not only get his young career back on track but to also impress a Liverpool legend at one of the biggest clubs in Britain.

Competition for a place out on the wing will only drive the Welsh international to work hard in training and perform well in games, and with a player with as high a ceiling as Woodburn, the Melwood graduate could be a big success for Rangers.

Another youngster who could benefit with a season in Glasgow is Curtis Jones. The 18-year-old midfielder is another Liverpool born-and-bred prospect to come through the club and is a teen who many are tipping for good things.

Jones made his Liverpool debut in the FA Cup third-round against Wolves, playing 70 minutes before coming off as a sub. The youngster has been in impressive form in the UEFA Youth League this season, scoring three and assisting another in six games in the competition.

At only 18, Jones is the most inexperienced player in this list, but his past experience with playing under Gerrard during his Liverpool U-18 days make him a reasonable signing for Rangers during the summer.

As well as signing youngsters on loan, Gerrard could also be willing to take on players who are no longer required by Liverpool.

One of these players Rangers could lure is Divock Origi, the Belgian international who has failed to make the grade at Liverpool since joining the club in 2014.

The former Lille striker was tipped for great things when he made the move across the England Channel to Liverpool, but things just simply haven’t gone right for the 23-year-old.

A 96th-minute Merseyside winner this season is largely his only thing of note so far in his Liverpool career, and Jurgen Klopp might be willing to cut his losses with Origi and ship out of the club for good. And Rangers might be perfect.

A natural striker but more than capable of playing out on the wing, Origi is a player that could thrive in Scotland. His pace and physicality will make him a danger for most Premiership defenders, and his ability to sneak in behind centre-backs and get goals one-on-one could make him a valuable asset.

Origi could also be a brilliant partner for Alfredo Morales. If the duo click together and start performing, Rangers could have the most dangerous attack in the country.

Rangers fans, what Liverpool players would you take?

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