Liverpool could be set for transfer battle with rivals Everton for Rangers star Nathan Patterson
24th August 2021

LIVERPOOL could battle Merseyside rivals Everton in the bidding for Rangers and Scotland starlet Nathan Patterson.

SunSport understands Jurgen Klopp’s side have been tracking right-back Patterson since the start of the year.

And while it isn’t a priority position for the Reds, who already have England ace Trent Alexander-Arnold and Welsh international Neco Williams, they are keeping a keen interest in the 19-year-old’s development.

Gers boss and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has branded Everton ‘jokers’ after tabling a £5million bid for the twice-capped academy graduate.

Gerrard said: “That’s definitely come out of a joke book, surely. We want to keep our best players, especially our home-grown and local ones.

“He’s not someone we’re looking to move on, but every single person has got a number. But let me tell you now, £5m is so far away it’s unreal.”

Patterson’s made just one appearance this term, impressing in the Premier Sports Cup last-16 win over Dunfermline, and overall has played 17 first-team games.

But as captain James Tavernier’s understudy, he faces a test of patience for opportunities.

Patterson, under contract until 2024, was given a Scotland debut by Steve Clarke in the June friendly win against Luxembourg.

He then came off the bench in the Euro 2020 defeat to Croatia at Hampden a fortnight later.

He could be named in the Scotland squad today for next month’s World Cup qualifying triple-header against Denmark, Moldova and Austria.

Patterson is rated one of the brightest prospects in British football and has been carefully managed by Gerrard.

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