Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter is set to become the club's first departure of the summer after opening talks with Scottish club Rangers over a possible move. The midfielder is out of contract with the Reds and was free discuss a move with clubs outside England since January.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Rangers, who have earned promotion to the Scottish Premiership this season, have contacted the Merseyside club with regards to approaching the midfielder. The 19-year-old midfielder, who has come through the youth system at Liverpool is said to be keen to make the move in order to further his football career, which has stalled in recent months owing to his troubles with injury. Moreover, the head of recruitment at Rangers, Frank McParland, is a former Liverpool academy director and is well aware of the tough tackling midfielder's qualities.
The Reds are set to receive a compensation package of just around £250,000 as he is moving to a club outside England but could have gotten considerably more if it was a club from one of the English leagues. Rossiter was considered one for the future at Liverpool and was highly rated by the coaches at the club's Kirkby Academy but an injury blighted season saw him fall out of contention and he has since struggled to break into the first-team squad under Jurgen Klopp.
The England U19 international made his debut for his hometown club under former manager Brendan Rodgers but struggled to get into the team following the Northern Irishman's departure. He did make an appearance in the Europa League this season, with his last outing coming against FC Sion in December last year. He is out of contract this summer and the club have declined to offer him an extension, which has prompted him to look for a move elsewhere, and according to the report his next destination is likely to be the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.