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GERRARD’S ADMISSION ON £8m KOP STAR

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STEVEN GERRARD has accepted it is highly unlikely Rangers will be able to afford £8million-rated Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.

The 22-year-old forward was impressive during his loan stint last season and the Ibrox boss was eager to arrange a second temporary transfer this time around.

However, the Anfield legend received a blow when Jurgen Klopp insisted he would only allow Kent, who scored six goals in 43 appearances, to move for a reasonable fee, as Scotzine reported earlier this week.Asked if signing the Kop star on a permanent basis would cost too much for Gers, Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I haven’t asked that question, but I think the answer would probably be yes.

“Jurgen has come out and given the answer that will come out of my mouth, anyway. It has been addressed and we move on.

“The end of it? Where we are right now, yes. We respect Liverpool’s stance and we thank them very much for allowing us to work with Ryan for a year.

“I had a good conversation on the phone with Jurgen a few days ago and we totally respect Liverpool’s position on it.”

Gerrard was speaking ahead of the Ibrox side’s Europa League qualifying second leg against Progres Niederkorn in Luxembourg this evening with the visitors holding a 2-0 first leg lead.

The Ibrox gaffer admitted: “It’s a game we are looking forward to.

“I believe we should have got the job done a week ago, but we left ourselves work to do, so we are here to do it.

“The players are in good shape and have trained really well. We have come over here with a fully-fit squad besides Steven Davis and everyone is focused and tuned-in to finish the job off.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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