Steven Gerrard has set his sights on a raid of his former club this summer, with three Liverpool players on his radar as he begins life at Rangers.
Gerrard made the surprise switch to Rangers last month, having impressed greatly with the Liverpool U18s, guiding them to third in the U18 Premier League table.
The 38-year-old has barely been in the job for a week, but he is already reportedly eyeing up summer deals for a number of Reds youngsters.
According to Goal‘s Neil Jones, Gerrard could make a loan moves for Ovie Ejaria, Ryan Kent and Dominic Solanke, as he looks to challenge runaway champions Celtic, managed by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
He made 11 appearances for Sunderland last season, in what was an ultimately doomed spell as the Black Cats were relegated to League One.
With regards to Kent, the report states that both Rangers and Leeds United are interested, but “Liverpool will continue to insist on a deal in which clubs are punished financially if a loan player does not start a certain amount of games.”
That comes after Bristol City were forced to pay the Reds £500,000, with Kent making just six appearances for them after arriving in January.
Jones claims that a move for Solanke “looks some way off,” with Jurgen Klopp surely considering keeping him as part of his first-team squad next year.
The young striker experienced a tough first season on Merseyside, having to wait until the 4-0 victory over Brighton last month for his first Liverpool goal.
He can remain a strong third- or fourth-choice striker, although it could be argued that regular football at his age could aid his progress more.
There is definite sense in Ejaria and Kent working with Gerrard, as he looks to develop them further; it is hard to see either having long-term futures at Liverpool.
Solanke is a different case however, and allowing him to leave, albeit temporarily, may be jumping the gun a little.