Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp blocked the loan departure of Ryan Kent, according to Steven Gerrard.
Rangers boss Gerrard has been trying to re-sign the wideman on loan all summer after Kent’s successful loan spell with the Gers last season.
Kent made 43 appearances last season for Rangers, scoring six times and making nine assists and Gerrard pulled out all the stops to try and bring the left-sided player back to Ibrox.
Leeds were also interested in Kent after TEAMtalk reported that Liverpool had dropped their asking price for the player to around £7.5m.
Leeds though instead decided to sign Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah, leaving Kent in limbo at Anfield – although he could still leave for a club in Europe before the end of August.
Gerrard confirmed Rangers are signing Brandon Barker and the delivered an update on Kent.
“We haven’t signed Brandon yet. He is having a medical. It’s close,” said Gerrard.
“Would that be it in terms of the squad? Who knows. I don’t think it is a secret we tried to get Ryan Kent to return.
“Liverpool knew how much wanted the player to come back. But I was told a week ago by Jurgen Klopp that he wouldn’t be going out on loan, so I respect that decision.
“We checked again a couple of days ago. I spoke to the technical director Michael Edwards. He made it very clear, again, that it wouldn’t be happening so we had to move in a different direction.
“We thank Ryan for everything he has done. Time will tell whether our paths cross again but he is a magnificent player.
“We did everything we could to get him back but it is not to be and we respect Liverpool and thank them for letting us have him for a year.”