Ryan Kent won’t be remaining at Liverpool next season, as the young winger has agreed a loan deal and will be joining Barnsley, as reported by the Echo.
The 19-year-old has been impressive at youth level and in pre-season, and will no doubt benefit from regular first-team football. He’ll hopefully get plenty of game time with the Championship side, and return to Anfield a far better player.
Jurgen Klopp has insisted on a fantastic new clause in all of the contracts of players being sent out on loan, which insists on 75% involvement when the player in question is fully fit. This means that as long as Kent can remain fit he’ll be guaranteed game time, and this is absolutely massive for a player on loan.
It’s horrible when you send a player out on loan only for him to rot away on the bench, and for you to then realise he would have been better served remaining at the club.
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Barnsley were only promoted through the playoffs into the Championship last season after finishing sixth, so big things obviously aren’t expected of them this time around. It makes little difference to us how they do in the league though, as long as Kent gets something from the experience.
There are high hopes for him at Liverpool, so hopefully we see some benefits from the teenager’s loan.