Rangers boss Steven Gerrard admits defeat in loan move for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent
STEVEN GERRARD admits Rangers’ move to sign winger Ryan Kent from Liverpool appears over after Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp ruled out another loan deal this summer.
Kent spent a successful season at Ibrox last term as he followed Gerrard north of the border from Merseyside and produced a string of impressive showings that saw him land the PFA Young Player of the Year prize.
Gerrard was keen to strike a deal to bring Kent back to Glasgow ahead of another crack at the Premiership title and admitted that he would be willing to wait until the final seconds of the transfer window to land the 22-year-old.
But Reds boss Klopp dealt Rangers a blow at the weekend when he confirmed that he would only sanction a permanent move for the £10million rated forward in the coming weeks.
Gerrard will lead his side into Europa League action when they face Progres Niederkorn in Luxembourg and the 39-year-old has all-but admitted defeat in his Kent bid.
He said: “I don’t think that has got anything to do with the game. But Jurgen has come out and given the answer that will come out of my mouth anyway. It has been addressed and we move on.
“Where we are right now, yes [that is the end of it]. I think we respect Liverpool’s stance and we thank them very much for allowing us to work with Ryan for a year.
“We have obviously got a Liverpool player at the moment in Sheyi (Ojo) who has started very well. I had a good conversation on the phone with Jurgen a few days ago and we totally respect Liverpool’s position on it.
“I haven’t asked that question [if he would be too costly to buy]. But I think the answer would probably be yes.”
The deal for Kent was the ninth and final one that Gerrard was looking to complete this summer as he has enjoyed a productive few weeks in the transfer market.
The Gers boss is still on the lookout for another forward to add to his ranks this term and his happy to play the waiting game to finalise his business.
Gerrard said: “I think that is a possibility but there is no rush to do that. The squad is in a decent place at the moment so we will go with what we have got at the moment.
“If something was to come up that makes us better and we think it will make it better then we will take it to the board and the answer will be with them.”
The deals for eight players have ensured Gerrard has added strength and depth to his squad ahead of the new domestic campaign and Europa League qualifiers.
Gerrard has repeatedly stressed his desire to retain the services of striker Alfredo Morelos after the likes of West Ham, Frankfurt and AC Milan scouted the Colombian.
Rangers have dismissed reports of a potential move to China, though, after Morelos was reported to have rejected a £30million contract offer from Hebei Fortune.
Gerrard said: “I’m unaware of it. There have been no bids. It is as you were from the last time. I’m not sure whether he is going to do the interview for you, though…”