The surprise signing of Fabinho indicated a busy summer ahead for Liverpool in terms of transfer business as Jurgen Klopp, the Reds boss, has now set his sights on building squad depth with a quality bench strength to cope up with four major tournaments in search of a silverware.
The likes of Nabil Fekir, Xherdan Shaqiri and Moses Simon are extensively linked to a summer move to the Red half of Merseyside, however, a few exits are also on the cards – particularly some of their academy prodigies who are likely to be loaned out elsewhere for regular minutes at a senior level. One such deal concluded this afternoon when 20-year-old midfield starlet Ovie Ejaria signed a new long-term deal before completing a season-long loan move to Scottish heavyweights Rangers who are rejuvenated after years of despair and set to start afresh under new boss Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard, the iconic Liverpool midfielder, accepted his maiden senior managerial challenge for the Glasgow giants and is likely to raid the Reds academy to strengthen the Light Blues. Ejaria has impressed during pre-season and also with the reserves, therefore, drew the attention of the Liverpool legend who monitored the English youth international closely during his short coaching stint for club’s academy ranks. He made 8 senior appearances in 2016-17 campaign under Klopp and was sent on loan to Championship strugglers Sunderland back in January. The Black Cats suffered a demotion but Ejaria made 11 appearances and also scored in the ultimate encounter versus the champions Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Ejaria spent 9 years in Arsenal’s youth ranks but was released back in 2014. Liverpool took no time to acquire the prodigy who played his part in England’s U20 World Cup triumph last year. Liverpool already have a crowded midfield with skipper Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum along with new boys Naby Keita and Fabinho. Marko Grujic is also likely to be loaned out with little hope of making it to the Reds senior side despite a promising spell with newly-promoted side Cardiff City following a winter move.
Rangers, meanwhile, will be benefited from the deal as they need more creative and versatility in the middle of the park. Although they have ample of options in Graham Dorrans, Ryan Jack, Jordan Rossiter, Jason Holt, Greg Docherty and Andy Halliday, the Gers’ midfield stars remained inferior to famous rivals Celtic throughout the season. Gerrad, meanwhile, will provide them opportunities during pre-season, but he is also actively pursuing new resources in order to increase his options as well as quality.