Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has affirmed he wants to bring Ryan Kent back to Ibrox from Liverpool, speaking to Sky Sports.
The 22-year-old midfielder was one of Rangers’ biggest success stories in the transfer market last summer, and Gerrard has now said he how keen he is to bring the Englishman back once more.
He said: “Yes, we would like Ryan Kent back. He’s Liverpool’s player, so we have to respect that. Jurgen Klopp, I’m sure, will want to take a look at Ryan. We’ll respect Liverpool’s decision but we are at the table.
“We love the player. We feel we’ve done a good job on him for 12 months. We still feel there’s more to come. There is competition.”
Kent flourished under Gerrard last season and Jurgen Klopp may decide he wants to see more of the same next season, under a manager he knows so well.
That said, it may be decided that the Championship is the next stage in Kent’s development – although he has had plenty of loans there in the past.
Even given Liverpool’s lack of attacking depth at times, it would be a surprise if Kent forced his way in ahead of even Harry Wilson, Rhian Brewster or Ben Woodburn to be the young wildcard choice.
And that’s where the decision comes in for Liverpool. When should they sell Kent? If they decide it’s this summer, the finances of the deal could go way beyond what Rangers can afford, and it would only likely be Gerrard’s Anfield connections that swing it his way.