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Ryan Kent 'having time of his life' at Rangers but Liverpool future looks unlikely

This week has seen Ovie Ejaria cut his loan spell at Rangers short. It appears the physical nature of the Scottish game was too much for the young Liverpool midfielder who has now returned to Melwood.

However, one Liverpool player is still on loan at Rangers. Winger Ryan Kent remains a Rangers player and boss Steven Gerrard says he is loving life at Ibrox.


“We’ve got another Liverpool player here (Kent) who has played around played probably around 20 times, who has reignited his career after two bad loans.

“He’s doing unbelievably well and I want him fit as soon as possible. He’s having the time of his life.”

– Steven Gerrard on Ryan Kent


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So does he have a long-term future in the Liverpool first-team?

It would be nice to say yes. Kent is a very talented footballer and has impressed in Glasgow. But it is hard to see him playing for Liverpool in the long-term.

Kent is now 22-years-old. That makes him a youngster, but certainly not a kid. Liverpool will no doubt have targets of a similar age in the transfer market.

HAMILTON, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 21: Ryan Kent of Rangers runs off to celebrate after scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hamilton Academicals and Rangers at New Douglas Park on October 21, 2018 in Hamilton, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Then there is the internal opposition. Harry Wilson, currently on loan at Derby County, looks arguably a better talent. Sheyi Ojo is not exactly thriving at Stade de Reims, but is also a potential barrier for Kent’s progression.

For all the good Kent has done at Rangers, his statistics are alarming. Liverpool will see that he has just three goals and two assists from 23 games and wonder why.

Liverpool will also be disappointed with his recent injury trouble. After poor loan spells at Freiburg and Bristol City, his Ibrox spell is clearly a bigger success.

However, a long-term future at Liverpool? Unfortunately, that seems unlikely.

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