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.
Ryan Kent, another youngster who thought he was ready to be around our first team after playing in preseason. #LFC’s first team is different gravy to anything you’re used to at Rangers.
— Nic Mason (@MrNickMason) September 13, 2019
1st Duncan now Kent
— Eddiejones (@TheRealdeal_06) September 13, 2019
Another one that expected to play instead of Firmino Mané and Salah
Hahahahaha do me a favour
— LFC.Dave.LFC (@BuckRogers21stC) September 13, 2019
No disrespect to Kent, but I don’t understand how this young lads will want to bench. Salah, Mane, Firmino, Shaqiri, Origi in a sec. Y’all need to chill, cos you will get your chance bt patience is the key.
— @VicNaija (@hartvictor2) September 12, 2019
Shaqiri didn’t start for us so far ,, someone at the Academy is not giving these kids the right expectations wrt senior team starts
— Roger (@RogerSmith_1947) September 13, 2019
Not sure how the club have lied to either of them. Bobby Duncan was thought of very highly but he wouldn’t wait for his chance. He’d have made it at the club. Ryan Kent was told he wouldn’t go out on loan and the club waited until they got a decent offer for him.
— David Hickman (@DavidHickman87) September 13, 2019