Rangers have been dealt a blow in their attempts to land a teenage prospect who has come to the fore for one of Europe’s leading clubs recently.
Football Insider reported that the ‘Gers had expressed an interest in signing teenage Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones, only for the Champions League holders to rule out any possibility of him leaving before the end of the season. Rangers manager Steven Gerrard had been hoping to take the 18-year-old on loan from his former club for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign, with Football Insider claiming that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp had previously been planning to loan him out in January.
Jones scored his first senior goal for Liverpool last week in memorable fashion, unleashing a powerful curved effort from the edge of the penalty area to take the Reds through to the next round of the FA Cup at the expense of Merseyside rivals Everton (as per Sky Sports).
The goal came on his fourth first team appearance of the season and Klopp has indicated his belief in the teenager by including him among the substitutes for a couple of Champions League group games as well as the Reds’ three most recent Premier League outings (as per TransferMarkt), hinting that he has been consistently impressing the German of late.
The 18-year-old can play anywhere across the midfield but is usually deployed on the left flank, the position occupied at Rangers by another man with Anfield links. Ryan Kent, who had a loan spell at Ibrox last season before signing permanently from Liverpool in September, has scored five goals and set up two in 14 appearances from the left this term. Like Jones, he also has recent experience of scoring in a derby, having netted against Celtic at Parkhead a couple of weeks ago.
Gerrard’s reported interest in the Reds teenager is the latest example of him looking at young wingers from his former club. Aside from Kent, Rangers have also taken Sheyi Ojo from Liverpool, with the 22-year-old on loan for the season. Alas, his fortunes have dipped in recent weeks, having not started a league game since October and not scored since September (as per TransferMarkt).
Exploits such as the marvellous goal to settle last week’s Merseyside derby and 13 goals in 17 games for Liverpool’s youth teams this season illustrate why Rangers were keen on trying to bring in Jones on a loan deal to the end of the campaign.
His frequent inclusion in recent matchday squads at Anfield show how highly Klopp thinks of him and Gerrard is likely to be paying close attention to the youngster’s progress over the next few months. If the teenager sees little first team action at Liverpool between now and the summer, Rangers could be in a good position to again try for a loan deal. Indeed, it was only last summer that the Reds initially vetoed a possible exit for Kent (as per STV) before he ultimately signed for Rangers permanently, so their chance to sign Jones could come again.
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