Bora Barisic’s injury has created a lot of problems for Rangers as Jon Flanagan has been well below par covering for him in the left back role. The former Liverpool fullback started the season well as a left back and played some good games, but off late he has come under massive criticism from the fans especially after the Europa League defeat against Spartak Moscva. However, to be fair to him, the whole defence underperformed in that game.
Not too long ago, it came out that Gerrard was interested in bringing in Liverpool’s u-18 left back Adam Lewis in the summer, but the move didn’t materialise, and the player stayed put at Liverpool. However, after the recent performances from Flanagan, a left back signing makes sense in January, and we believe Flanagan is suited to be the backup option for the right-back spot only.
Gerrard rates the Liverpool youngster highly as it was under him that Lewis got the captain’s armband at the u-18 level and currently Lewis trains with the first team as Jurgen Klopp sees huge potential in him.
Recently the Englishman opened about how he has been following Rangers since Gerrard has been their manager and the player definitely would jump (seems to us) on the opportunity for playing for the Gers.
Lewis recently said,”I’m quite close to Ovie Ejaria and Ryan Kent and I want them to do well. We always watch the games now at home and we are all massive Rangers fans now as well as Liverpool! I didn’t watch them before but now we do because of Steven!”
The Liverpool board seems to be the only roadblock which stands between Rangers and Lewis at the moment and it remains to be seen whether Klopp would let the England u-19 star leave on loan in the January transfer window.
What could curb Rangers chances further is that the Reds could sell Alberto Moreno in January as he has entered in the final year of his contract and various reports are doing the round that the Merseyside club could get rid of their Spanish full-back. That could mean Lewis can rise in the pecking order and he would be the second choice left back behind Andy Robertson.
Recent reports have confirmed that the Bears would look to add further reinforcements to the squad after the summer spree and a permanent left back should be on the list as Barisic seems to be injury prone. Signing Lewis will solve the problem for the short term basis only as he is just going to come on a six-month loan. Gerrard should try his luck once again to pull off this signing.