Liverpool loanee and Rangers starlet Ryan Kent has expressed his desire to pen a permanent deal at the Ibrox. Having cemented his place as a regular in the first team, in the absence of the injured Jamie Murphy, the 21-year-old is ready to continue his career under the able stewardship of Steven Gerrard.
After unsuccessful loan spells at Freiburg and Bristol City and the preference of emerging stars such as Ben Woodburn and Harry Wilson at the academy, Kent saw himself on the fringes of the Liverpool setup.
However, he has grabbed the opportunity at Scotland with both hands and seems to be enjoying his football at the moment. He will come at a price of above £2m though, as his current contract at the red half of Merseyside runs till 2022.
With a stunning pass completion rate of 90 and a couple of goals already in the league campaign, the youngster is proving his worth to the football fraternity.
Although the Reds are a bigger club in terms of stature, he might have chosen this decision to force a permanent move to Rangers due to his gaffer’s constant support and motivation, on and off the field.
When asked about his next decision with respect to his career, the Englishman remarked:
It’s something I’d consider. Definitely. The fans are amazing here. The club has a lot of history. It’s an amazing club but it’s a conversation they will have to have with Liverpool – not me.
Heaping praise on the buzzing Teddy Bears’ fans, he continued –
The fans seem to really enjoy players getting forward and that suits my identity as a footballer. I really enjoy picking the ball up, dribbling at defenders and getting past them. When the fans are right behind me, it gives me the confidence to do that.
Admitting that Gerrard has been his idol for long, Kent added –
The fact Steven Gerrard has shown faith has a massive impact on me and all the players here.
His work rate, ability to wriggle past opponents and creative energy have turned him into a real asset. While the best years still lie ahead of him, many would not deny the fact that his development will be stronger with Gerrard than at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Gers travel to Hamilton on 21 October as Scottish Premiership action returns after the international break.