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Gerrard must hope failed Ejaria loan doesn't impact Rangers' January Solanke swoop

Rangers fans were excited when Steven Gerrard was appointed as their club’s manager for many reasons, and one of them was the standard of player he could get them access to.

Unsurprisingly, Gerrard raided Liverpool for some of their young talents on loan, one of whom was promising midfielder Ovie Ejaria.

After a promising start, Ejaria has now returned to Anfield after becoming unsettled at Ibrox, but Gerrard has insisted that the failed loan spell has not impacted his old club’s relationship with him.

He must hope that it does not effect Jurgen Klopp’s willingness to lend him players. Rangers are in need of fresh blood in January and have been linked with a January swoop for Dominic Solanke.

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Solanke’s lack of gametime at Liverpool means he needs a loan deal in January for the sake of his development and Gerrard is in need of improved firepower at Ibrox.

There is an overreliance on Alfredo Morelos for goals and his ill-discipline means that Gerrard cannot rely on him week-in and week-out.

Solanke would be ideal, but if Ejaria’s failed loan spell has weakened confidence within Anfield that Gerrard will do right by the club’s young players, Rangers’ hopes of landing the young forward may have taken a hit.

Gerrard must hope that isn’t the case.



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