Liverpool could be set to let go of one of their promising talents in Ryan Kent as manager Jurgen Klopp recently revealed that the Reds will find a permanent solution for the 22-year-old winger and that he will not go out on loan once again this season.
The young English winger is being pursued by Championship side Leeds United as well as Scottish side Rangers, where he spent last season on loan, playing under Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
A report by Leeds Live has revealed that the young Englishman is a target for Leeds United, after Whites manager Marcelo Bielsa personally scouted him, and is interested in bringing him to Elland Road on loan.
Liverpool, though, do not want to loan him yet again as Klopp said following their game against Napoli that Kent is at an age “where he can settle” and that a “loan is not planned” for him. Leeds do not have the financial power to buy Kent in this transfer window, but that could change should they get promoted.
Rangers are also interested in signing him and have more time to get a deal done as the Scottish transfer window shuts only on September 2nd.
Should Liverpool loan or sell Kent?
Liverpool have one of the strongest squads in the Premier League, and getting into the squad can be a difficult task for someone like Kent.
Kent is a winger who can play on the left or right, and likes to dribble at opposition defences. He is also a good crosser of the ball.
Despite being a player who has the potential to be a very good player for Liverpool, Kent has the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Divock Origi ahead of him. Harry Wilson is another player who he will compete with to get into the starting lineup.
Liverpool should loan out Kent for another year and monitor his performances, and possibly integrate him into the Liverpool squad for next season if he progresses and develops more as a player.
Kent’s contract is rumoured to be until 2022, which gives Liverpool ample time to sell him if he has not progressed as they would have hoped for. He could still go for a good transfer fee next season, if Liverpool decide to sell him.