Gerrard comments on links with Liverpool prospects

Ian Watson

Steven Gerrard has discussed his recruitment plans and Rangers’ interest in Liverpool’s fringe players.

The Anfield legend has been linked with a number of his former club’s emerging talents since taking over at Ibrox this summer.

Gerrard has already brought Jon Flanagan to Rangers after the full-back’s contract at Liverpool expired.

The new boss admits he is looking to strengthen his attack but remained coy on other links.

He said: “Brandon Barker [of Manchester City] is speculation. There’s not enough room for all the wingers we’ve been linked with — Ryan Kent, Harry Wilson, Barker and Jordan Jones [of Kilmarnock].

“I don’t know how I’d fit them all in. I’m a fan of all the names, but it’s speculation. Dominic Solanke? Ben Woodburn? Also speculation. But we need more forward options.

“The priority initially was in the defensive areas. We needed bodies in the centre of defence, and needed to give support in the full-back areas.

“There’s a group of names we’re monitoring and assessing in the forward areas.”