Liverpool are reportedly planning a nosedive for Rangers defender Nathan Patterson, with Everton already interested.

Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard has already warned the Toffees that if they want to land Patterson they have to get “real” when he blew up their £ 5million “joke” offer for the Rangers right-back.

Now the Scottish Sun says Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool are interested in the Scottish youngster. The report says Jürgen Klopp’s team has been keeping an eye on Patterson since the beginning of the year.

It is understood that the Rangers have rejected an initial seven-figure approach for the 19-year-old and it remains to be seen whether the Toffees will now return to the negotiating table to test the champion’s determination.

Patterson rose to prominence in the second half of last season when he stood in for captain James Tavernier and his good form was enough to secure him a spot on the Scottish squad for the European Championship.

But he didn’t come off the bench at Global Energy Stadium when the Rangers returned to winning ways with victory over Ross County in the Premiership.

“You keep up with the jokes, £ 5m wow,” Gerrard said when asked about Everton’s interest in Patterson after Sunday’s 4-2 win.

“Look, I was just told about this. I didn’t notice anyone standing above me in the club.

“I’ll be asking the question when I get back on the bus, but if you want to talk about Nathan Patterson you have to be honest.

“5 million pounds is, I don’t know, it must come from a joke book.

“I don’t make the decisions about when to hit the right numbers. All players have a price, we’ve said that so often. We want to keep all of our best players, especially our native and local players. He has a great future here, he has to be patient and he will get game time and minutes.

“We’re happy about Nathan, he’s not someone we want to advance, but everyone has a number. But let me tell you now that £ 5 million is so far away it’s unreal. ”