Liverpool loanees have enjoyed mixed fortunes recently but could Ryan Kent’s eye-catching Scotland spell have him primed for a first-team opportunity next season?
Reinforcing the attack
It is no secret that Jürgen Klopp will be looking to boost his attacking options in the summer.
Dominic Solanke left the club in January for £19m and both Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge look likely to follow suit.
In recent weeks, Klopp has been deploying Origi on the left wing. While the Belgian has turned in some encouraging performances, it’s likely Klopp will still look to sign someone who can operate from that wing.
Both Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri prefer the right-hand side, leaving Sadio Mané as the only reliable option from the left.
Liverpool could save money or even make a tidy profit if they wait one more year on Ryan Kent.
Turning heads at Rangers
Kent, who is on loan at Glasgow Rangers, has posted 12 goal contributions (6G, 6A) in 22 Scottish Priemership appearances.
He’s emerged as a key player for Steven Gerrard’s side this season, playing mainly from the left-hand side.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the club has placed a £12m price tag on the academy graduate.
That is fairly cheap considering he is only 22 years old with has bags of potential.
Sending him on loan to a Premier League club next season or even giving him a bit-part role in the first team seems a better option.
Should Kent perform, Liverpool could then sell him at an increased value or explore ways to integrate him into the first team.
Kent still has three years left on his contract with Liverpool, so there is no rush for the club to sell him.
A good stylistic fit
Kent’s style of play can best be described as an “aggressive winger.” He likes to dribble and cut inside on his right from the left, much like Philippe Coutinho did when playing on the left of a front three.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Kent averaged 2.44 shots per 90 minutes during his current loan spell, with 45.3% being on target.
This stacks up well with Mané’s 2.27 shots per 90 minutes and 47.6% accuracy, though there’s an obvious argument to be made for opposition difficulty.
Kent also averages around 8 dribbles per 90 minutes, with 3.2 progressive runes per game.
No guarantees back at Anfield
One thing is for sure: Ryan Kent faces very tough competition if he hopes to solidify first-team football on Merseyside.
He’ll not only be competing with Klopp’s existing options in attack but against incoming players as well.
If given opportunities similar to those Origi has seen this season, however, there’s reason to believe Kent could possible secure his long-term future at Liverpool.