Rangers, under Steven Gerrard, have made significant progress this term but have failed to clinch silverware for another year. The gaffer sanctioned an array of new signings during the past two transfer windows, and a few of them have done a commendable job considering it was their first season at the Ibrox.
Ryan Kent, the Liverpool loanee, is one such name who maintained his quality throughout the campaign. His form earned plaudits from the supporters as well as the gaffer who reiterated his desire to keep hold of the youngster for a longer span. But the attacker is drawing interest from England too and Liverpool’s reported £12m asking fee would be beyond Rangers’ reach due to financial limitations.
‘If Liverpool wanted to sell him, that’s out of my hands. The figure being spoken about… I’m out.’
This is what was stated (as quoted by the Daily Mail) by the gaffer while discussing the future of his prized asset. However, the latest twist in the tale must make the fans optimistic amid reports of Gerrard’s personal intervention in yet another potential loan deal using his influence back in the homeland.
According to Daily Record, the iconic Liverpudlian is set to visit the Reds’ Melwood Training Ground and speak to Jurgen Klopp about the same. The winger is enjoying his football in Scotland but at the same time aware of the uncertainty over his future. He still has years left in his Liverpool contract, and so can’t decide his next move without the club’s consent.
Kent has six goals and six assists to his tally in 23 Premiership games. But the numbers do not reflect his influence and contribution so far down the left-hand side of the pitch. His pace, power, directness, tricky footwork and mazy runs often disorganise the opponents’ defensive set-up allowing the Bears to create constant goal-bound threats. His energy and high work ethics are exemplary which have often worked in favour of Rangers while defending deep.
Liverpool have a plethora of attacking options in their ranks and would understandably consider a transfer if a credible offer is received. But the popularity of Steven Gerrard is unparalleled back in the city, and his cordial relationship with Klopp might work in favour of the Light Blues to have Ryan Kent for at least one more season.