Rangers could take on Premier League giants Liverpool at a packed Anfield in a pre-season friendly late next month, according to This Is Anfield.
Steven Gerrard and his non-international players are all currently enjoying a well-earned rest following a successful, but gruelling season.
It won’t be too long before pre-season gets underway, though, with the squad expected to start returning to Auchenhowie later this month.
A glamour friendly is already booked in against Arsenal on 17 July at Ibrox, but the Gunners may not be the only English top-flight side the Light Blues face this summer.
That’s because This Is Anfield report that a friendly against Liverpool ‘is being penned in’ for late July.
It’s asserted that the pandemic will ensure the Reds stay relatively more local than usual for their pre-season, and a friendly against the Gers is seen as ideal, with Steven Gerrard returning to Anfield as a manager for the first time.
It’s also suggested that, depending on government restrictions, the iconic stadium could be at full capacity for the clash.
10,000 fans watched Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on the final day of the Premier League season and the number of supporters permitted to attend should at the very least be ‘significantly higher’ by July.
A fixture against Liverpool would be a great occasion, with not only Gerrard but also his coaching staff and Ryan Kent making returns to their former club.
Playing such high-quality opposition can only be a good thing in terms of preparation for all-important Champions League qualifiers and the beginning of the Gers’ Premiership title defence, too.
More generally, it’s also good to see Rangers on positive terms with big Premier League clubs, as the club continues to rebuild its standing both in Europe and worldwide.