‘He really needs to move on’ – Former footballer urges Liverpool youngster to leave Anfield
Former footballer Noel Whelan thinks Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent should pursue a move away from the European champions, with his hopes of playing time at Anfield non-existent due to the present shape of the attacking ranks at Liverpool.
Liverpool are thought to be listening to offers for Kent, who spent last season on loan at Rangers, according to a report from Football Insider.
In it, Whelan suggested Kent would be “a brilliant signing” for Rangers or Leeds, who have also been reportedly linked, and has advised the 22-year-old to seek pastures new with opportunities limited at Anfield.
He told Football Insider: “There’s no chance of him playing regularly at Liverpool, there is just too much attacking depth, so he really needs to move on this summer.
“Klopp has said Liverpool will only sell Kent permanently, but what if no-one matches their valuation?
“It would be a real coup for whoever signs him. That’s why Rangers are in for him, and don’t forget he has a good relationship with Steven Gerrard. That could still be a key factor in the coming days.”
While Whelan is holding on to the hope that Kent will be granted an Anfield exit, the report suggests that Jurgen Klopp has deemed it ‘too late’ for the winger to be loaned out – while it also claims that potential suitors Rangers would struggle to fund such a move.
Kent’s perceived interest from Rangers could source from a positive campaign in terms of goals and assists from the England Under-20 international, scoring six times and assisting 10 in 43 appearances for the Gers in the last campaign under former Liverpool captain Gerrard.
And with Sadio Mane dominating the left-wing position for Liverpool last season (appearing in 50 of 53 games during the previous campaign), his opportunities may well be hard to come by next year should he stay at the club.
So perhaps Kent should heed the advice of Whelan, though with time running out and Klopp seemingly limiting his routes out of Anfield, the youngster’s immediate future in first-team football looks to be at a crossroads.
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