Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their team seeking to build upon their impressive fourth place finish in the top-flight last time round.
Jurgen Klopp’s men deserve enormous credit for sealing a second straight top four finish in the English top tier last term following their fourth place effort the campaign before, which in turn brought Champions League football back to Anfield. And they certainly made the most of their time in the European competition in reaching the final, although they were unable to record a sixth crown after going down 3-1 to two-times defending champions Real Madrid in the Kiev showpiece back in May.
Thus, there are many excited and indeed expectant Liverpudlians up and down the country, several of whom are wondering what the future holds for one of the club’s young sensations, namely Ryan Kent.
And after a testing loan spell at Bristol City last season, the 21-year-old winger should seek to follow Ademola Lookman’s lead by instigating a loan move to the Bundesliga this summer.
Ultimately, Everton attacker Lookman was seriously struggling for regular football at Goodison Park in the first half of last season, and thus sought a loan move to RB Leipzig back in January, against the wishes of Toffees boss Sam Allardyce.
Yet the England Under-20 World Cup winner appeared to make the right decision for his development in netting five goals and laying on four assists in 11 Bundesliga games for the German side, thus suggesting that he does indeed have what it takes to perform in Europe’s top leagues.
And given what that spell in Germany appears to have done for Lookman’s development, Liverpool’s Kent must seek to do the same after his testing spell at Bristol City last term.
The 21-year-old winger managed just 10 Championship appearances for Lee Johnson’s men during his six-month loan spell at Ashton Gate, in which time he failed to net, and indeed was not selected in the matchday squad for their final six league games.
However, having performed reasonably well in other temporary stints at Barnsley and Coventry City, alongside his nine goals and six assists for Liverpool’s development squad, it’s clear that Kent has genuine ability in the wide positions, but just needs that break to start fulfilling his undoubted potential – he’s already enjoyed one spell in Germany with Freiburg, and now must seek another one.
And given what a spell in Germany did for Everton’s Lookman, alongside how well ex-Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho has taken to the Bundesliga since his permanent move to Borussia Dortmund, Kent should himself seek to follow their lead by demanding a move to the German top-flight this summer.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!