Rangers today sold Bruno Alves to Parma, and Steven Gerrard needs to replace him.

Rangers have sold Portuguese centre-half Bruno Alves to Serie A club Parma, meaning there is now an even greater need for manager Steven Gerrard to get some defensive cover in.

The Liverpool legend confirmed during a press conference, as quoted by the Scotsman, that he is in the market for a new central defender, and the Scotsman report that the club have lodged a £3 million bid to sign Milwall’s Jake Cooper, something Gerrard refused to be drawn on.

At the moment, Gerrard only really has Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, who both joined the club this summer, and Fabio Cardoso to call on meaning there is a pressing need for reinforcements with pre-season already under way.

Having previously managed Liverpool’s U19s, it will be fair to say that Gerrard has spent a fair amount of time around the young talents developing in the Reds’ youth setup.

Gerrard managed a youngster by the name of Conor Masterson, who was called up for seven UEFA youth league games after impressing as captain of the U18s.

The 19-year-old old centre-half actually got his first taste of the first team last season when Jurgen Klopp called him up for the Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City, and then again for the Merseyside Derby with Everton in the Premier League.

Masterson is yet to make his debut for the club, but it is clear that he has the talent – otherwise he would not have been called up by the German.

The Dublin-born defender could certainly do a job working with Gerrard at Ibrox – he is a tall, ball-playing centre-half with extremely good vision. He may still be young, but he plays beyond those tender years.

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