Rangers’ three Liverpool loanees and how they have performed under Gerrard

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When it comes to calling in a favour, Steven Gerrard's mobile never has to ring for long when he phones to ask Liverpool for a bit of help.

Football and emotion don't always mix well, but whatever the Anfield icon wants he usually gets when it comes to his old club.

That includes borrowing some of the Reds' highly regarded young talent to give him the best possible chance of success at Rangers.

The manager has loaned three from his former side, and while one flopped and another quickly faded, one turned out to be an extra special talent.

It's not the only deals done thanks to his strong Liverpool knowledge and perfectly-placed connections.

Adding midfielder Jordan Rossiter and full-back Jon Flanagan after they weren't offered new deal with the Premier League giants, he knows who can cut it.

Gerrard has had mixed fortunes when it comes to the loan moves from England.

Here's how the three Anfield arrivals fared north of the border.

Sheyi Ojo

June 2019 was supposed to be the month when the lightening-quick winger really got his career moving.

The 21-year-old, who has 88 club appearances, spent the previous season on loan at Stade Reims in France before signing a new five-year deal at the then European champions.

Stepping up to play in front of big crowds for a club competing for trophies was the logistical next move – and keen Gerrard swooped.

But after a promising opening, Ojo's Ibrox stint fizzled out.

He mainly featured from the bench as the season progressed, and couldn't force his way in.

Now the attacker is impressing at Cardiff City in the Championship after signing another season-long loan deal.

Ryan Kent

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    Any player debating the value of a short-term switch should have a word with Ryan Kent.

    After joining in 2018, he won the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award after an inspired debut season.

    So sold was Gerrard that he pressed every button possible and applied a mountain of pressure on the Rangers board to make the signing permanent.

    It cost them £7.5million, and the club's bean counters see his bumper contract as an investment.

    He's already starting to pay back their belief in him by helping deliver the Scottish Premiership title for the first time since 2011.

    Ovie Ejaria

    Sometimes loan moves just don't work, it's a low-risk gamble all parties take.

    In late 2018, Gerrard revealed mercurial midfielder Ejaria was unsettled at Ibrox but told him to stick it out.

    He didn't help himself, turning up late to training before the club's crucial European match against Villarreal.

    Getting the fans' backs up further, he deleted all connections to Rangers from his social media accounts at the same time. A week later, he was back in England.

    "Am I disappointed he's gone? Yes," Gerrard said. "Do I think it's the right decision? No, because I think he had an incredible opportunity here.

    "I'm never going to stand in a player's way who is not happy because I have people who are desperate to wear the shirt and who would run through brick walls to wear it."

    For the third time in just over 18 months, Ejaria has signed for Reading and is impressing in the Championship.

    • Steven Gerrard
    • Liverpool FC
    • Rangers FC

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