Ryan Kent has made quite the impression under the guidance of Steven Gerrard at Rangers this season, and the former Liverpool legend is hoping to persuade his former club to extend his temporary switch to Ibrox for another year.
Whether or not Liverpool will want to do that remains to be seen, but it is definitely the start of an intriguing period in the development of the exciting winger.
With Gerrard publicly stating his hopes of keeping the player, but making it clear that they will not be able to afford any asking price of, what is thought to be, around £12 million, another year-long loan — which is what Rangers are hoping for — may be the only way the player will be back in Glasgow next season.
It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp wants to do with him, and may feel that he deserves to stake a claim at being involved around the Anfield first team, and offer him that opportunity during pre-season.
Alternatively, if they feel he would benefit from another loan spell, they may prefer to send him to an English Championship, or even a fellow Premier League side, in a bid to get him used to the demands of English football at the highest level.
What everyone will be keen to avoid is seeing the player stagnate on Merseyside, and neither breakthrough to become a first team regular, but be clearly too good a player to simply play reserve team football.
Daniel Sturridge is a prime example of that. He has never quite established himself as a first-team automatic player, particularly since Klopp’s arrival, but is a virtual ever-present — when fit — on the Liverpool substitutes’ bench.
Having had a loan spell at West Brom, Sturridge briefly had a return to form for the Reds, but subsequently went back warming his seat on the touchline again.
Indeed, the winger could be a secret weapon for the Reds next season as his burst of pace and trickery off the bench would be extremely difficult for the opposition’s tiring defenders to handle. He could surprise fans next season by following a similar path to Xherdan Shaqiri as he’s been a surprise gem since joining last summer.
He has, though, been an inspiration for Gerrard’s side this year, and but for his petulance in the Old Firm game a couple of weeks ago, he has been exemplary both on and off the pitch.
Having scored six goals for Rangers, and accredited with nine assists, it is no surprise Gerrard, and the Rangers fans, want to see him back in light blue next term.
At 22-years-old it is a crucial stage of the young English prospect’s career, and vital for both him and Liverpool, that the next step for him is the right one.
It is hard to see him forcing his way into Klopp’s side, particularly with the formation the German prefers, using Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane as a narrow front three, and no out and out winger, which means another loan will be the likely outcome for Kent.
It would be interesting to see how he copes with the rigours of the Premier League, and as a result, a move to a club like Bournemouth, Watford or Brighton, where he will get plenty of game time — with Liverpool getting an idea of whether he has genuine future at the club — would suit all parties.
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