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Ryan Kent's Rangers sale is rare example of Liverpool transfer failure

Ryan Kent has left Liverpool in a permanent move to Rangers and it is a rare failure for the Reds.

Kent moved back to Glasgow in a £7m move on deadline day. The winger spent last season there; a successful one, too.

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Kent won the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award, rightfully making people wonder if he could break through at Liverpool.

But the Reds have decided to sell him to Rangers, instead. It’s probably the sensible move, although it does represent a rare failure for Liverpool in the transfer market.

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Liverpool reportedly hoped to get £12m for Kent earlier in the summer. Now, however, they getting a little over half.

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That’s quite a fall for a club used to getting their own way. You think back to January and Liverpool got £19m for Dominic Solanke – a player who had achieved far less in senior football.

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But Liverpool will get just £7m for Kent, despite his success. In truth, he could be worth far, far more than that in a year’s time and hopefully there is a clause that takes that into account.

If there’s a decent sell-on – or even a buy-back – then this deal looks far better. As it is, however, it’s Rangers are getting Kent in a real victory over Liverpool.

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