Liverpool have indicated that they have no intention of agreeing a loan move for attacker Ryan Kent this season.
STV reported that the Reds will not allow the 22-year-old to go out on loan for 2019/20 and he now looks likely to remain at Anfield.
According to STV, Liverpool will only sanction the player’s departure if a club makes an adequate offer to sign him permanently, which ends Rangers’ hopes of taking him on loan again this season after a spell at Ibrox in 2018/19 despite the fact the Scottish window remains open.
Kent featured prominently for Liverpool in pre-season and won plenty of praise from manager Jurgen Klopp, who said: “He is a wonderful kid, a wonderful player. Very good moments in pre-season.” [LFC TV, via Football Scotland]
Klopp had recently hinted that he was not willing to loan the winger out again this season, with TEAMtalk quoting the Liverpool manager as saying: “His time is over for loans. At the age he is now, he needs to find a place where he can settle. We will see what happens but a loan is not planned.”
With Kent already having five loan spells away from Anfield, Klopp’s eagerness not to add to that list is justifiable.
His time with Rangers last season was productive, with six goals and nine assists in 43 appearances, averaging 0.14 goals and 0.21 assists per game.
Despite impressing his manager in pre-season, Kent is likely to find it very difficult to displace Sadio Mane on the left-hand side of Liverpool’s attack, with the Senegal man scoring 22 Premier League goals last season to become the division’s joint-top scorer.
However, with no other natural left-sided attackers in Klopp’s first-team squad, there could be opportunities for the 22-year-old in domestic cup games this season. Indeed, it was in the FA Cup that Klopp gave Kent his Liverpool debut in 2016.
With Kent now 22, and having already been loaned out five times by Liverpool, it’s understandable that Klopp is eager for the player to find a settled base.
His performances in pre-season, and the departure of Harry Wilson on loan to Bournemouth this week, should increase the possibility of Kent featuring in the first team this season.
However, this could be a pivotal campaign for the winger. If he gets chances, he needs to make the most of them, or Klopp may feel that ultimately he is as dispensable as the likes of Jordon Ibe, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke.
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