Liverpool youngster facing a huge challenge to break through
Despite a relative shortage of options outside the usual front three, it looks set to be another trying summer for pacey Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.
An impressive pre-season campaign last summer left many wondering if he could play a first team role in 17/18. He especially caught the eye in a victory of Bayern Munich, many asked the question, could he break in to Klopp’s first team? The answer arrived at the end of August when Kent was shipped out on a season long loan to Bundesliga side Frieburg.
The move to the Bundesliga looked good on paper with many hoping that a step up in quality would help the youngster. Alas game time was rare as the German side struggled for form and had little time for the luxury of blooding an inexperienced youngster.
In January he returned to England, only to go straight back out again, this time Bristol City was his destination. The Championship side was pushing for the play-off places, but again Kent found himself catching splinters on the bench. It would have been an objective of his personally, to have made a telling impact at a decent level last season, so to struggle at two different clubs will be bitterly disappointing. No doubt Liverpool are aware of this as they continue with the summer transfer plans.
After a brace of failed loan moves, you cannot help but feel for the Oldham born youngster. It cannot serve his development by sitting on the bench anywhere, and with such pace and natural dribbling ability, he has a lot to offer. Whether or not that level is Liverpool’s remains to be seen.
Kent will get another shot this summer, to prove himself and he’s already made a good start. His performance at Chester was excellent. Full of confidence and running, he looked again as though he could be a natural fit to Klopp’s system.
His goal was really sweetly hit, a curling finish into the far corner, no doubt the winger is again wanting to show that he is far from a list course. Despite his talent though it is difficult to see the twenty-one year old making a huge contribution next season. It won’t help him sitting on the bench either, hoping for the odd cup game to come his way.
With Liverpool linked to big money moves for wingers like Stoke City’s Shaqiri, Kent is only likely to face more and more competition going forward. The wide player has plenty to offer, his movement with the ball at speed is impressive, but at twenty-one he now needs to be playing with more frequency for the sake of his development.
He may get one more shot at a loan move, but with the stakes so high for Liverpool last season he is unlikely to find a regular place in Premier League match day squads. A move to a club that suits him and a manager that actually wants to mold a talented winger, would surely be the best solution for Kent.