Steven Gerrard has called on Ryan Kent to prove how much he wants to return to Rangers this summer, according to the Daily Record.

The 22-year-old midfielder spent a successful loan period at Ibrox last season, winning the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year along the way.

And former Reds skipper Gerrard, who has made no secret of his desire to have Kent back with the Gers next season, says the Liverpool player must make his feelings on the matter clear.

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“I suppose the fans will be desperate for a Kent update,” said Gerrard. “But it’s a complicated one because he is Liverpool’s player and they aren’t back yet.

“I’m sure Jurgen will want to see Ryan and where he’s at. We’ll go from there and we’ll respect Liverpool.

“But I can assure the fans we’re doing everything we can to try to get Ryan back. The key thing that people need to understand is that Ryan has got to want this.

“It’s all right the fans wanting him, the staff wanting him, myself wanting him. But it’s Ryan’s decision. He’s got to want Rangers, he has got to want to come and be successful at Ibrox.

“That is the question Ryan has got to ask himself. At the moment, I’ve got to be careful about what I say about him because he’s not our player.

“We loved having him here and we would love the chance to have him again because we think he can improve at Rangers.

“But the reality is that we have to wait for Ryan to make a decision and Liverpool have to think Rangers is the right place to continue his development.”

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