Ryan Kent wanted to play Premier League football for Liverpool – but he has joined Scottish Premiership title chasers Rangers instead for £7m.

Ryan Kent is no Xherdan Shaqiri. He’s not even a Harry Wilson.

So while Shaqiri hasn’t started a single Premier League game this season and Wilson has been forced to go to Bournemouth in search of first-team action, what chance did Kent realistically have of forcing his way into Liverpool’s first team plans this season?

The exciting winger forced through a £7 million move to Rangers last week (BBC) and, speaking ahead of his first game back at Ibrox, he claims that Liverpool reneged on their promise to give him a chance in the current campaign.

“It was very tough,” Kent said in quotes reported by TEAMtalk. “I had to stay mentally strong, when you are told you can do one thing and then you are lied to and it doesn’t happen, that is quite hard to take.”

But maybe Kent is missing the point here.

As Liverpool fans have pointed out in their numbers on social media, did a 22-year-old with only a handful of impressive pre-season run-outs under his belt really expect to compete for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s plans with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, let alone Champions League hero Divock Origi and the out-of-favour Shaqiri?

Just a week after Bobby Duncan lost patience and forced a move away from the club he has supported all his life, Kent’s situation feels like another example of a young player demanding too much too soon.

 

In other news, Report: Nottingham Forest could sign 28-year-old international on free transfer