Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard could be set to take the managerial role at Scottish Premiership club Rangers FC at the end of the season, according to numerous reports in the media including the latest report by BBC’s Chris McLaughlin.
The former England international has been in-charge of the Liverpool U-18s side this season and has impressed in his short stint as the youth coach at the club. And the Gers are looking at him as a replacement for current manager Graeme Murty, who took over the reins of the club following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.
If the Gers end up getting the 37-year old ahead of the next season, here are three players that he could look to sign for the club;
The 21-year old attacker is currently away on loan with EFL Championship side Hull City, having joined the Tigers in the winter window and has been impressive in short spell with them. So far, the Welshman has scored seven goals and assisted four more in 11 appearances for Nigel Adkins’ side.
Wilson will return to Liverpool at the end of the season, but given that there is little scope of him getting regular playing time in the senior side, another loan move away would be beneficial for him.
Able to play anywhere in the attack, Wilson’s signing will benefit the Gers.
Another player who is currently away on loan from Liverpool at Scottish Premiership side Hearts of Midlothian. The 22-year old Connor Randall would be another interesting option for Gerrard and Rangers to consider if the Englishman ends up taking over at the club.
Randall has had a decent season with the Hearts in Scotland, featuring regularly for Craig Levein’s side. The Englishman has featured 27 times in all competitions this term and has chipped in with two assists. Given that Liverpool have abundance of options at right-back the player’s chances of breaking into the first team are bleak. And the Gers could use a player in that position, given that they have little backup for James Tavernier in the squad.
The 21-year old Englishman has been tipped for a bright future but hasn’t had the best of the campaign this time around. Having spent the first half of the season on loan with Bundesliga side Freiburg, Kent hardly featured and as a result returned to Liverpool in January only to join Bristol City till the end of the season.
Since moving to the Championship outfit, Kent has made 10 appearances, registering two assists in the process. A winger, who can play in central roles as well, Kent has enormous amount of pace to burn and can run past defenders with the ball at his feet with great ease.
He may have struggled for form in the ongoing campaign, but Gerrard will be aware of his potential and should consider adding Kent to his roster, should he take up the Rangers’ job.
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Liverpool Opinion: Why the Reds should make a move for Matthias Ginter?
According to a report from Calciomercato, Liverpool are interested in signing Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter.
The German, 25, moved to Borussia Monchengladbach from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and has been a regular in the side since, scoring five goals in the Bundesliga in his first season at Borussia Park. He has excelled this season as well and his performances haven’t gone unnoticed, with Liverpool vying for his signature this summer.
It was Jurgen Klopp who signed Matthias Ginter for Dortmund from Freiburg back in 2014. Perhaps, that could be the reason why Klopp wants to reunite with the German defender at Anfield as the Reds look to end their 29-year title drought this season.
Liverpool hold a two-point lead over the top of the table, although they have played a game more than second-placed Manchester City. The Reds have enjoyed the best defensive record in this Premier League campaign, thanks largely to Virgil van Dijk.
Van Dijk’s form under Jurgen Klopp has been crucial since the start of the league campaign. The big Dutchman is arguably the best defender in the world right now but Klopp is possibly searching for a reliable partner at central defence for his defensive stalwart.
Joe Gomez started alongside Van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence but he has been out of action since December with a broken ankle. Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Fabinho have all partnered Van Dijk this season but none of them have been consistent
Ginter would fit the bill perfectly at Anfield, having already worked with Klopp at former club Dortmund. Ginter has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s most reliable centre-backs in the last couple of years.
Standing at 6ft. 2in tall, the German is an aerially dominant centre-half but and has the pace and the intelligence on the pitch to make recovery tackles. One of the biggest assets in his game is his positional awareness which allows him to anticipate danger and clear it before it develops.
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The 25-year-old’s ability to intercept balls and make tackles to break attacks will surely suit Klopp’s style of play, whilst his versatility to play at right-back and as a defensive midfielder would add more value to his name. Not to forget, Ginter’s strength, pace and power will help him adjust to the physicality of the Premier League without much struggle.
If Liverpool are to become a dominant force in Europe, they’ll need a partner for Van Dijk in central defence. Ginter certainly could be that player as he has all the qualities needed to thrive under Klopp.
Hence, the Reds shouldn’t think twice in splashing the cash to sign the World Cup winner from Gladbach.
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Premier League Opinion: Scout Report – Bilal Brahimi
Players such as Lee Cattermole, Stuart Downing and James Morrison are living legacies of this famous football clubs. Even now, their production quality certainly hasn’t dropped. One player from their academy is now turning heads even at Premier League level.
Bilal Brahimi is a 19-year-old French left-winger who currently features mainly for the Boro U23 side although he did make a first-team appearance earlier this season. His exploits have attracted interest from both Liverpool and Newcastle United, as suggested by Hull Live.
Brahimi was born in Paris, France on the 14th of March in 2000 and that’s where stayed until 2017 when he finally made the switch to a professional football clubs.
After spending time with multiple amateur clubs within Paris, he was signed up by Leixoes who play in the Portuguese 2nd division.
It was here that he was scouted by Middlesbrough and within a year of being in Portugal, he was given the opportunity to spread his wings as a footballer at the famous Middlesbrough academy. Since then, there’s been no stopping him as he’s turned into one of their brightest young prospects.
Since he mostly represents the U23 side, he plays in the Premier League 2 and has scored once and assisted once in his 13 league appearances this season. His lone first team appearance came in August when he came on in an EFL Cup against Rochdale.
Style of Play
He is a tricky winger who loves to get on the ball but also displays amazing unselfishness in the final third. His ambition to pick out teammates is matched by his ability as the eventuality of a misplaced pass from the youngster is rare.
Quite direct in his approach, he has the right attributes to develop into a tricky Premier League winger given the right training and nurturing. All this added to the fact that he also plays as a striker, means that he’s effectively guaranteed a future in the English game.
The Way Forward
Brahimi turned 19 just a week ago and pushing a player of such youth into making a difficult decision could have serious effects on his growth as a player and hence it would be best for him to stay at Middlesbrough for at least another season.
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With that said, when clubs like Liverpool or Newcastle United come calling, irrespective of who you are, it will be really difficult to turn them down and with the right intentions, he can be turned into a superstar in the coming years.
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Liverpool Opinion: Reds signing Pablo Dybala could have a negative impact
An earlier report from Tuttosport claimed that Juventus were willing to offer Dybala as a part of a swap deal for Mohamed Salah. That, however, did not materialize, with Liverpool keen to hold on to Salah at all costs.
Dybala made his move to Turin from Palermo back in 2015 and has gone on to establish himself as one of Europe’s most sought-after attacking talents, accumulating 77 goals and 31 assists from 175 appearances for Juventus in all competitions.
Dybala’s stocks were soaring after he racked up a career-best tally of 22 goals in the Serie A last season but he has been a bit disappointing this term, netting only four goals and providing four assists from 25 appearances in the league.
The 25-year-old Argentine international has seen his playing time decrease a little since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer and it looks like Juventus are planning for life without one of their prized assets next season.
Given that Dybala is one of the best players on the planet currently and boasts of a eye-catching scoring record, he is definitely not going to be short of potential suitors should Juventus put him up for sale.
To put things into perspective, a player of Dybala’s calibre would be a welcome addition to any top-level European side but Liverpool should not be tempted by Juventus’s desire to sell the Argentinian.
Even if Juventus put him up for sale, Dybala would not be available for less, which means that Liverpool would have to break the bank and shatter their club-record transfer fee to sign him.
The Reds already boast of a prolific front trio that has tasted plenty of success in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Their forward line comprising of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino is comparable to the best in the world and there is apparently no reason why the Reds cannot continue to rely on their existing options.
Salah, Firmino and Mane have shared a total of 53 goals among them in all competitions this season, which further epitomises that Liverpool’s interest in Paulo Dybala goes against all logic and reason.
Quite truly, Jurgen Klopp needs to add a new central striker to his squad in the summer and get rid of the out-of-favour duo of Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge.
A new centre-forward would reduce the workload on the front three but Liverpool cannot have a player like Paulo Dybala in their squad as an understudy to Roberto Firmino.
With all due respect to his managerial acumen and man-management skills, Klopp is going to find it extremely difficult to keep both the stalwarts happy simultaneously with adequate play time.
Moreover, Dybala won’t add anything extra to the squad which Liverpool currently do not have. In Firmino, they have a quick, agile and prolific centre-forward with wonderful technical abilities and high work-rate and the Argentine international is more of a similar kind of player.
Signing Dybala would not only increase Liverpool’s wage bills significantly but also disrupt the balance of the team and cause unwanted selection dilemma, which in turn could have a negative impact on team morale.
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With that being said, Klopp would be better off investing in a rising talent to bolster his options up front.
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