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Ryan Kent’s future is looking a little bleak following the latest update from Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.
The 22-year-old spent the whole of last season on loan at Rangers and there has been speculation linking him with a move away from Anfield this summer.
He has spent time on loan at four different clubs and is getting to the age where his Liverpool career is make or break. But since he has made just one senior appearance for the club, it is unlikely he has a future with the Reds.
When players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Wilson are proving their worth in the Premier League at a younger age (very slightly in the latter’s case), it has to be questioned whether the 22-year-old has any kind of future at Anfield.
He has had multiple opportunities to impress, too, but struggled to make an impression at Bristol City and Freiburg – failing to find the net for either club – and although his level of performance improved under Gerrard at Rangers with six strikes and nine assists, he is still some way below his Liverpool teammates.
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With Liverpool looking to challenge for the Premier League title and retain the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp is often rigid in his selection choices. Last season, established Premier League players like Xherdan Shaquiri, Divock Origi and Dejan Lovren managed just 26 starts combined in the top flight.
If those types of players are struggling to break into the starting line-up, then there is little chance for Kent. And with the European transfer window about to slam shut, it seems the best he can probably hope for this season is the odd cup appearance.
That will no doubt affect his development considering how crucial these years often are to a young player’s development.