Steven Gerrard says he’ll ‘never give up’ on players like Liverpool’s Ryan Kent

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is a big fan of Liverpool winger Ryan Kent – the forward spent last season on loan with the Scottish giants, and the former Reds skipper wants him again.

This has proved problematic, however, with Jurgen Klopp unwilling to allow the player to leave on another loan deal.

The German boss wants Kent to either move on to another club on a permanent basis or fight for his place at Anfield.

The winger had a mixed pre-season, with a few sub-par performances and a couple decent ones. It’s clear that Harry Wilson – now on loan at Bournemouth – is streets ahead of his mate.

But it’s the Welshman’s move to the South that should give Rangers some hope – Klopp was keen on Wilson either staying or leaving on a permanent, but appears to have changed his mind.

Either way, Gerrard has admitted that the Gers will not give up on signing players of Kent’s calibre. “There’s been no change or developments since the last time we asked Liverpool and were told there wouldn’t be a loan situation. Nothing has changed on it, he is quoted as saying by the Daily Record.

But you never give up on trying to improve your team and squad. You never give up on following and tracking top players.

I made it pretty clear over the course of 12 months working with Ryan how highly I rate him, so I’d never shut the door on any player and certainly top players but I have to understand, respect and appreciate the situation of his parent club, who were obviously very helpful in giving him to us in the first place.

If you’re told no, you have to accept the answer is no until there’s ever a time that changes. Where we stand right now that hasn’t changed.

It’s unclear how literal we should take the Liverpool legend’s words, as Rangers have recently secured the signing of young Sheyi Ojo on loan.

If Kent is to succeed, I’d urge the winger to push for a move to a mid-table Premier League club. He done well in Scotland last year, and a move to a team in our league is clear step in the right direction.

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