Steven Gerrard left his job as Liverpool’s U18s boss to join Rangers as head coach at the start of this month—now he’s taking Ovie Ejaria with him.
It was always likely that the former Reds skipper would return to the Anfield youth system to borrow a player or two, given the talent on offer and the lack of finances north of the border.
Bringing in ready-made, top-quality stars is out of the question, so youth investments and loan deals will be high on Gerrard’s agenda.
And it seems Ejaria will be the first to follow Gerrard to Glasgow, with the Evening Times reporting a loan deal is imminent.
Now 20, Ejaria was one of the first youngsters to be handed a chance under Jurgen Klopp, playing eight times in 2016/17.
The majority of his action came in the domestic cups, as he earned starts against the likes of Plymouth, Wolves, Leeds and Tottenham.
This season he did not feature in the first half of the campaign for the seniors, before heading off for some much-needed first-team experience in January.
Ejaria spent three months with Sunderland, playing 11 times and impressing toward the end of his time in the north-east—but he couldn’t help save them from relegation from the Championship.
Now he’s set to head to the Scottish Premier League for the next phase of his development, where Gerrard will doubtless hope to make him a key part of his new-look midfield.