Liverpool have carved a valuable route to senior football for their youth stars by reaching an agreement with Rangers.
Steven Gerrard’s position at the helm in Glasgow always promised a partnership in aim of granting the Anfield legend talented resources and Liverpool’s young prospects an experience of first-team life.
U23s star Ovie Ejaria became the first to preview such an arrangement when he joined Rangers on a season-long loan deal at the beginning of June after signing a new contract on Merseyside.
Gerrard will now be given ‘first refusal’ on youth products Jurgen Klopp is planning on sending out on loan, reports the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce.
Gerrard finds himself in charge of an intriguing long-term project in Scotland as Rangers seek to compete with reigning champions Celtic.
The extent of the club’s rebuild beckons as an enticing opportunity for Liverpool’s brightest youngsters to shoulder a new sense of responsibility in senior surroundings. It doesn’t only offer minutes on a first-team platform, but also a significant goal to fight towards.
For a player like Dominic Solanke, it could prove a logical chance to gain confidence and rhythm with regular minutes leading the line.
The Englishman was left short of both in his debut season with Liverpool as understudy to the prolific front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Harry Wilson is another option for Gerrard, with Klopp set to assess the Welshman’s role throughout pre-season on the back of his superb loan spell with Hull City.
The 21-year-old was recently subject to interest from Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, who could now miss out on the forward in light of Liverpool’s agreement.