Steven Gerrard called Rafael Benitez to try and sign Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff on loan for Rangers
Rafa Benitez has revealed that Steven Gerrard tried to sign Sean Longstaff on loan for Rangers.
Longstaff is one of the highest-rated young players in English football and burst onto the scene with Newcastle last season.
The 21-year-old was subject of intense transfer interest from Manchester United but a move never materialised.
Gerrard saw the potential of the young midfielder and wanted him in the Scottish Premiership last season.
Benitez, writing for The Athletic, said: “In the summer of last year, Stevie called me about Sean Longstaff.
“Rangers were interested and he asked whether they could sign him on loan, but I told him ‘no’ – he’d be staying at Newcastle United.
“Some people have said, ‘Oh, Rafa was lucky because of Longstaff’ but we’d been watching him and we were happy with him, we played him in the first-team, supported him and gave him confidence.
“Turning Rangers down is proof of what we thought of Sean.”
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Longstaff went on make nine Premier League appearances last season before suffering a knee ligament injury in March.
This season, he has made six appearances under new Magpies boss Steve Bruce.
Gerrard has used his connections to bring players on loan to Rangers with Ryan Kent joining from Liverpool last season before making the switch permanent in the summer.
This season, midfielder Sheyi Oko has also been loaned from former club Liverpool while Andy King is on loan from Leicester, who are managed by former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
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