Alex Rodgers is a big fan of youngster Ryan Kent and hopes that this season sees the young winger break into the first team consistently.
This pre-season has, all in all, been pretty successful.
Already with a piece of silverware and being painfully close to a second to only fall short in the final on penalties to a daunting Atletico Madrid.
And this pre-season, like every pre-season that has ever existed, has been a great opportunity to watch our new signings show what they have.
The likes of Solanke and Salah seem to be great additions to the team so far, both bagging themselves a few goals. Also with Robertson linking up with his new teammates recently, he also seems to be a crafty piece of business, even if he didn’t cost £50million.
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But as satisfying it is to see our new signings do well in preseason, it’s also nice to see our old players prepare for the new season. Mané, Firmino and Coutinho all seem sharp for the upcoming season as well as young Grujić who has reminded us all this pre-season that he loves a screamer of a goal.
But a player that I’m excited to see next season, be it with the Reds or out on loan, is Ryan Kent.
Ryan Kent has had a reasonably solid pre-season, getting himself a good amount of time on the pitch and was a key instrument in the destruction of one of the greatest teams in the world, Bayern Munich. Despite it only being a pre-season game, the way Kent dismantled seasoned professionals with ease was a marvel to watch.
But the question I present, if our boys Sadio Mané or Mohamed Salah ever get injured, could Ryan Kent fill the massive void left on the wings instead of shifting a player like Coutinho or Lallana out wide? Possibly.
Kent is one of our more promising young players at Liverpool, a young talent that stands out and it’s clear that he’s got a lot of talent that needs to be properly moulded.
The youngster was out on loan at Barnsley last season and made an big impact on the team playing 44 times for them and became one of Barnsley’s own, even winning the Young Player of the Season award for them.
Even though Barnsley is a few levels below Liverpool, that doesn’t mean that Kent himself is a few levels below Liverpool – if that makes any sense at all. Until Kent gets his big chance in the first team, we have no idea how he will do. Maybe he’ll flourish under the under the immense pressure or he could crumble. Who knows?
Personally, I feel like it’s now or never for Kent if he wants to be a Liverpool player. If he ever gets the chance to start for the senior team he needs to grab that opportunity with both hands. He needs to take that place and try to keep hold of it as hard as he can for anyone trying to take it back off him.
As unlikely as that seems, it could happen and I do hope Kent finds his place at Liverpool. But, to reiterate, it’s Kent’s make or break season at Liverpool. Let’s get behind our boy Ryan.