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.
Which Stars Could Be Headed To The EPL This Summer?
Despite the fact that the Premier League has wrapped up (with Manchester City on top once again), it almost feels as if it’s still undecided. This is thanks to the somewhat unusual situation of two EPL clubs being pitted against once another for the Champions League final. Naturally the league title is still the biggest Premier League prize by definition, but to some the winner of the Liverpool-versus-Tottenham clash on June 1 will have had an even greater season than Man City. Naturally, this upcoming match is soaking up lots of attention, with predictions and previews coming from everyone from average football pundits to the ever-opinionated Jose Mourinho.
For the most part though, this impending Champions League showdown is all that’s left of note on the league front for 2018/19. With most major European domestic championships decided and the FA Cup having come to a close as well, remaining football matches for the year are mostly in smaller leagues around the world – or at least less heralded ones. Now, some serious fans may love this time of year, and enjoy the chance to peek in on these others leagues. For others though, the dwindling 2018/19 season means it’s about time to look forward to the summer transfer window.
With that in mind, we wanted to consider the transfer outlook for the Premier League as it appears right now. More specifically, with another thrilling season in the books, we’re taking a look at some of the potential star players who could be brought into the league to make the 2019/20 campaign even more enjoyable.
Naturally these names are based just on rumours at this point – but they’re certainly some of the big-name players to keep an eye on, going off of what we’re hearing early.
Christian Pulisic – We’ll begin with the emerging American star Christian Pulisic because he seems like the surest bet to be a new impact player in the EPL next season. Currently on loan to Borussia Dortmund from Chelsea, Pulisic is widely expected to join the Blues over the summer and start his English career in the autumn. How much he factors into the action early on will be interesting to see, but Pulisic has the talent to be a contributor from day one, and could be a star in the making at Stamford Bridge.
Antoine Griezmann – There’s already fairly intense debate over where French forward Antoine Griezmann may end up next season. A top scorer for Atlético Madrid and 2018 World Cup winner, Griezmann has substantially raised his profile these last few years, and appears to be at the height of his powers at age 28. He’d be a major acquisition for any team. The rumour here is that he could be headed to the newly crowned champion, Manchester City – though we should note that Pep Guardiola has disputed the idea. We’ll have to wait and see on this one.
David Neres – As much as Chelsea will enjoy the near-certain boost from Pulisic, the club could also be on the lookout for a replacement for Eden Hazard, who has been linked with a move to La Liga. David Neres could fit the bill. Only 22 years old, Neres acquitted himself extraordinarily well for Ajax in the club’s Champions League run, scoring multiple significant goals out of the wing position en route to the semifinal. He likely made himself a great deal of money in the process, and will have multiple high-profile clubs vying for his signature. Chelsea appears likely to be one of them.
Memphis Depay – Liverpool may be on the verge of an historic season, but it’s also preparing to lose Daniel Sturridge. The longtime striker is heavily rumoured to be on his way out of Liverpool this summer, which means Jurgen Klopp and Co. will be seeking a goalscorer to replace him. This could wind up being one of the more interesting chases of the summer, given that it’s always interesting to see what sort of player a championship-caliber club goes after. For now though, Lyon’s Memphis Depay is one capable option who’s been linked to the Reds.
Matthijs de Ligt – Matthijs de Ligt is another Ajax standout who appears to be in line for a payday and a more high-profile position in European football. In fact, after the 2018/19 campaign, he looks like he’s in the running to become one of the better defensive players on the continent. Like Neres, he’s sure to be courted by several major clubs this summer. But the strongest links currently are to Manchester United, meaning the Dutch teenager could well be heading to the EPL.
Southampton’s midfield woes would come to an end if they re-sign this veteran 31-year-old PL star for £13m
Southampton Opinion: Why the Saints must re-sign Adam Lallana?
According to a report from the Express, Liverpool star Adam Lallana is keen on a return to his boyhood club Southampton.
The English midfielder, 31, has struggled with injuries over the last two years at Liverpool. He has managed just 16 appearances for the Reds in all competitions this season. He has found chances hard to come by under Jurgen Klopp and now finds himself way behind a number of players in the pecking order.
Southampton’s fortunes changed after Ralph Hasenhuttl arrived at the club in December. They looked destined for relegation under Mark Hughes, but Hasenhuttl guided the club to safety. He changed the team’s dynamics and style of play in a matter of weeks which bore fruitful results.
The Austrian tactician is building a young and exciting team at the St. Mary’s which has a very bright future ahead. The summer transfer window gives him an opportunity to shape the team according to his wishes. Given Hasenhuttl’s preference for nurturing young talents and promoting the academy stars, one can anticipate the kind of signings Southampton could make this summer.
However, the Saints will also need some experienced professionals in the squad next season to aim for a top-10 finish. That’s where the signing of Adam Lallana makes a world of sense for Hasenhuttl’s side.
Lallana’s injury problems are well-known which has seen him struggle to establish himself at Liverpool in the past two seasons. The England international certainly has no future at Anfield and that should boost Southampton’s chances of bringing their star back to the club. His career has stagnated due to injuries but maybe the scenario could get better with a change in the environment.
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The 31-year-old graduated through the youth ranks at Southampton and played a crucial role in helping the club move from League One back to the Premier League in his eight years at the sea coast. He is a hero at the St. Mary’s and while recurrent injury problems have seen him fail to unlock his true potential, Lallana still can give 2-3 productive years.
Southampton are right to be concerned about Lallana’s fitness and injury issues, but if the club can manage him well and help him get back his lost mojo, he would represent a smart addition for Hasenhuttl.
Liverpool direly need a solid backup for Alisson and signing this powerful 23-year-old would be smart
Liverpool Opinion: Reds should sign Ugurcan Cakir as a back-up for Alisson
According to the player’s agent Erdi Kirkpinar, his client is being tracked by a number of clubs across Europe, with Premier League giants Liverpool and Bundesliga outfit Schalke amongst his admirers. (h/t Daily Star)
The 23-year-old Turk has shot to prominence with Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Lig this season, managing a total of 7 clean sheets from 23 appearances in all competitions. Cakir has caught the eye with his consistently impressive performances between the sticks following the sudden retirement of long-standing No.1 Onur Kivrak in January.
A youth product of Trabzonspor, Ugurcan Cakir made his senior debut for his boyhood club in a Europa League qualifying game in the 2015-16 season before being shipped out on loan to fourth-tier outfit 1461 Trabzon.
He drew a complete blank in the 2016-17 season but came back in the reckoning for a role in the first-team in the 2017-18 season, making 6 appearances in the Super Lig. The 23-year-old has finally come of age for Trabzonspor this term and his red-hot form between the sticks has attracted plenty of attention from clubs across Europe.
Cakir made registered a total of 64 saves in the Super Lig this season, 35 of which have been from inside the penalty box, including a couple from inside the six-yard box.
The 23-year-old former Turkish U-21 international averages 3.6 saves per game while boasting of a shot-saved percentage of 76, figures which are definitely impressive for any goalkeeper in the world.
Standing at 6ft. 3 inches, Cakir has proven himself to be a wonderful shot-stopper from both close and long ranges.
However, his game is not only about shot-stopping, but the 23-year-old has also earned good reviews for his handling, positioning and composure between the sticks. He has got a safe pair of hands and often comes off his line to either catch the ball or punch it away to safety.
Liverpool fell agonisingly short of Man City in pursuit of their first domestic league title in 28 years, as the Citizens successfully defended their crown with a 4-1 victory over Brighton on the final day.
City had their fair share of luck and magical moments throughout the campaign while Liverpool’s failure to win the title had little to do with their quality of the squad. The Reds can still end the season with silverware though, with Jurgen Klopp’s side set to face Spurs in the Champions League final.
Liverpool apparently have plenty of quality in their first-team but Klopp should look to bring in a few players this summer to bolster his squad depth and ensure that he has good enough players on the bench to deliver the goods in times of need.
While a natural No.10 and a back-up for Robertson at left-back should be in the manager’s agenda for the summer, the Reds also need to bring in a back-up for Alisson in goal, with the futures of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius at Anfield up in the air.
Mignolet is under contract until 2021 but a goalkeeper of his calibre is unlikely to play the role of a glorified bench-warmer for much longer. Karius, on the other hand, has probably ended his career at Liverpool following his high-profile errors against Real Madrid in the Champions League final last year.
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Bringing in young and promising goalkeeper like Uguarcan Cakir, possibly with lesser wages, should help Liverpool cut their costs and save some valuable funds.
The Turk has shown strong signs of excellence in his first full season and the Reds should not hesitate to snap him up for a thrifty amount given that they already have Alisson as the undisputed No.1 at Anfield.
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