Taking a closer look at a young Liverpool player with the talent to go all the way in the game.
Liverpool have a number of talented young players on their books but arguably the most exciting of all is 18-year-old Ryan Kent.
The versatile forward can operate as a secondary striker, an attacking midfielder or a winger and he has been making waves in Liverpool’s academy for quite some time.
In fact, when the Reds’ official website ran a series of question-and-answer sessions with the club’s academy players, and they were asked who the most talented person was at their level, more often than not the answer was Kent.
That goes some way to showing just how good the teenager is and this summer he has a huge chance to show Brendan Rodgers he is ready for his competitive first-team debut.
Kent is part of the 30-man party who travelled to Thailand for the start of Liverpool’s pre-season tour, and with Jerome Sinclair and Cameron Brannagan not travelling (the latter due to tonsillitis) it could be their young teammate who forges ahead in the race to be the next breakout star at the club.
Pre-season gives plenty of youngsters the chance to shine and yet few get chances when the real action kicks off, but Kent could change that. After all, he is nothing short of brilliant for his age and there will be chances for him to be used next season – most notably in the League Cup and potentially in the early rounds of the Europa League.
Kent shone for both Liverpool’s under-21s and in the UEFA Youth League last season, scoring six goals and providing three assists in the former competition and netting once and setting up an additional two in the latter.
As an unknown quantity, a potential super-sub and a candidate for next-big-thing keep an eye on Kent this summer; he has the talent to go all the way.