In comments reported by The Scottish Sun on Monday, Steven Gerrard reiterated that Rangers want to bring Ryan Kent back to Ibrox for the coming campaign, but admitted that the ball remains in Liverpool's court.
Kent was superb for much of his loan spell with the Gers last term, particularly during the second-half of the campaign when he established himself as a real game-changer in Gerrard's side. Unsurprisingly, the Rangers boss is keen to get him back.
There was a hint however, that Kent could come into Jurgen Klopp's plans for the coming year, with the winger pictured alongside a number of other Liverpool youngsters surely on the periphery of the first-team squad at the start of the Reds' pre-season training (via club's official Twitter account).
And it appears that Rangers' hopes of re-signing Kent have been dealt a further setback, with Klopp confirming to Liverpool's official website on Tuesday that Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to be out for 'a while' due to a calf injury.
It remains to be seen how long the winger is actually out for. But even if he misses all of pre-season, there is still potentially a chance that Kent could get a lot more game-time in friendlies because Shaqiri is not available. And if he impresses, perhaps there is an outside chance that Klopp may decide that he is ready to be around the first-team for the coming season - even if he is unlikely to play anywhere near as much as he would at Rangers.
It could be that Kent does get more minutes in Liverpool's friendlies and convinces Klopp that another loan move would actually be in his best interests as he is not quite ready. But given some of the glimpses of magic that the Ibrox faithful saw at times last season, it is surely fair to suggest Shaqiri's absence has the potential to be an important moment in Kent's Liverpool career.
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