Liverpool have sold winger Ryan Kent to Rangers, where he spent last season on loan under Steven Gerrard, as confirmed by the Gers’ official website.
Kent has had a series of loan spells and found it tough to dislodge Liverpool’s first-choice front three so moving back to Ibrox – where he was adored last season – makes sense.
He said: “It has been incredibly tough over the summer but I am a mentally strong person. I knew if I kept myself correct something good would happen soon and I have been ticking over, keeping myself to myself and this has happened now and I’m over the moon.
“I got a feel for what it was to be a Rangers player, I felt like there was unfinished business from last year and I am hoping to put that right.”
As Liverpool confirmed the news on their official Twitter account, some Reds fans bemoaned the sale of Kent and the fact he didn’t get a proper shot at the first team.
Others felt that the club had done well to get a decent fee for a player who was never likely to become the kind of talent needed to force his way into this Champions League winning Reds side, so it’s fair to say there was a split.
In truth, it’s a move that makes sense for all parties, and Liverpool have been able to help out their former skipper Steven Gerrard – in charge at Ibrox – while balancing the books even further.
Again another talent that we haven’t been able to keep, becoming the normal these days 🤦♂️🔴
— Edward Miller (@EdwardTMiller) September 2, 2019
selling everyone, and don't hire anyone pic.twitter.com/z7w04fFWf8
— gabriel 6x 🏆 (@lfcgabriell) September 2, 2019
Best of luck, @ryankent..
Stevie knows your worth.
— The Egyptian Kop (@TheEgyptianKop) September 2, 2019
Bagged in the money, Edwards with another banger pic.twitter.com/89DnBbdEG6
— mboopi (@boardmanburner) September 2, 2019
Shame he has moved on. He'll do well but could have gone to a bigger league.
— Mick Wall (@Warburydude) September 2, 2019
— Ira (@Angeliverpool) September 3, 2019
15 million for Ibe, 15 million for Solanke, 7 million for Kent, well played Liverpool, well played!👏👏 pic.twitter.com/xii7Wdo1Z4
— Jamie (@51hmfc) September 3, 2019
Well done on your net spend…clearly FSG have the clubs best interests at heart. So much for the youth…
— Niall Brew (@Brewkid) September 3, 2019
Best of luck to him. He was never good enough for us but he'll do well at rangers
— HITMANHARJ (@hitmanharj) September 2, 2019
It’s the way the game works – once in a blue moon we promote someone to the 1st team and TAA is this teams diamond.
If you are not getting 1st team game time at 20 then you are loaned out or sold.
— Joseph Daint (@Joseph_Daint) September 2, 2019
Hopefully we have a sell on clause, definitely a player there.
— Philly C (@lfcamericanguy) September 2, 2019
I mean we should of kept him but it’s whatevs
— Natasha.Swales (@natasha_swales) September 2, 2019