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Liverpool: Klopp intends to keep Kent at Anfield

Liverpool: Klopp intends to keep Kent at Anfield

After impressing on loan at Rangers last season, Liverpool winger Ryan Kent could be in line to feature more prominently for the Reds in 2019/20.

The Mirror reported that Jurgen Klopp wants to keep the 22-year-old in his squad this season instead of loaning him out once again.

According to The Mirror, Steven Gerrard had been keen on taking the player on loan at Rangers again next season, while Marcelo Bielsa was also hoping to sign him for Leeds.

However, Klopp intends to include Kent in his squad for pre-season, with other forward players such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri all set to miss the upcoming tour to the USA.

Kent enjoyed an excellent 2018/19 under Gerrard at Rangers, being voted the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year.

Last season he scored six goals and supplied six assists in 23 Scottish Premiership games for the Gers, with a further three assists in four Scottish Cup games.

In his three Europa League appearances for Rangers, he had a passing success rate of 85.4% and averaged 27.3 passes and four dribbles per game, while also drawing two fouls per game.

The latter two statistics would suggest that Kent has the style of a classic winger who likes to take on defenders and force them to stop him through foul means.

Mane’s absence from Liverpool’s pre-season due to his Africa Cup of Nations involvement leaves a vacancy on the left-hand side of attack which Kent could fill in the Reds’ upcoming games.

However, with the Senegal man’s 22 Premier League goals last season making him the division’s joint top scorer, he will almost inevitably resume his place in Liverpool’s starting line-up upon returning from international duty.

Also, if Kent is to have any long-term future at Anfield, the 2019/20 season is the one in which he needs to prove his worth to Klopp.

The winger is now 22 and has already been loaned out five times by Liverpool, having spells at Coventry, Barnsley, Freiburg, Bristol City and Rangers.

Klopp appears to have some faith in the youngster but Kent cannot wait any longer to make an impression on his manager. Unless he can forge his way into Liverpool’s first team squad on a regular basis next season, he will likely need to leave Anfield permanently for his career to truly evolve, with the player himself admitting he was fed up of temporary spells away.

Liverpool fans, can you see Kent making an impression in the first team next season or is he ever going to make the grade at Anfield? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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