Rangers Should Talk To Liverpool Regarding A Permanent Move For Ryan Kent

Rangers are really starting to see some great things from Liverpool loanee Ryan Kent.

As he gets more minutes on the pitch, Kent is beginning to reach his potential and show that he can become a game changer.

Against Scottish Premiership league leaders Hearts last weekend, Ryan scored the games opening goal and picked up the man of the match award as The Light Blues won 3-1 at Ibrox.

His performance against the Jambos earned big praise from Gers manager Steven Gerrard:

“His performances have been really good and they’ve got stronger as we’ve gone on. The last two have been right up there in the top drawer,” 

“He deserved man of the match today, he deserved his goal and I’m pleased for him.”

The winger has a strong work-ethic, which is one key attribute that will have pleased Gerrard. As he starts to settle into Glasgow life, Kent is beginning to blossom as he gets on the ball more and he attacks his opponents. He’s smart enough to be able to link up with those around him and he’s also confident when he’s on the ball to dribble at full-backs and take them on.

The Englishman may even be adding goals to his game. In his first seventeen games for the Ibrox club, Ryan has scored just twice but those strikes have both come in recent weeks. Kent does need to add more goals and assists to his name if he’s going to step up to that next level.

Yet while Ryan Kent has impressed at Rangers, I don’t believe he will break into the Liverpool first team when he heads back to Anfield come the end of the season.

For all that his progression at Ibrox has been strong, I still don’t see a player capable of challenging for a spot in a Premier League top four team. He’s not any better than those that are currently at the club and he’s also got to contend with fellow loanees Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn.

With Reds boss Jurgen Klopp favouring a 4-3-3 and with the forwards all being huge contributors, it’s hard to see any young player breaking through in those attacking positions.

We also can’t forget that this loan move to Rangers is Kent’s fifth in his young career. It could be that the youngster needs to step away from Liverpool and pursue his full time career elsewhere.

That could mean that the twenty-one year old becomes available next summer and I believe it would suit all parties if Rangers were to sign the attacker on a permanent basis.

The England under-20 international has already stated that he’d be open to a transfer to Ibrox and that he’s enjoying his stint in Scotland:

“The fans seem to really enjoy players getting forward and that suits my identity as a footballer.

“I really enjoy picking the ball up, dribbling at defenders and getting past them.”

“When the fans are right behind me, it gives me confidence to do that.”

“It’s something I’d consider. The fans are great here.”

“Rangers are an amazing club, but that’s a conversation they need to have with Liverpool, not me.”

I think another year or two, beyond this season, at Rangers under Steven Gerrard will do the winger a power of good. He’d be more relaxed, not worrying about what will happen after every season and where he’ll be sent to next. That reassurance and playing week in and week out should see him continue to flourish.

I wouldn’t dismiss his chances at Liverpool totally.

It would make sense for the Merseyside club to sell Ryan Kent for say £2m next summer and have a buy back clause of say £5m-£7m inserted into the deal and if he continues to improve at Ibrox then they sign the player back, in the belief he’d then be ready to shine in a Reds jersey.

I’m sure Ryan will continue to impress for Rangers this term but it will be interesting to see if the side from Govan can persuade Liverpool to part with the winger on a permanent basis!

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