Ryan Kent is set to have plenty of opportunities to choose from this summer with the Liverpool youngster subject to interest from yet another English club keen on securing his services.
The winger is weighing up his options after enjoying a productive season-long loan at Championship side Barnsley, making an impressive 47 appearances in all competitions as well as registering three goals and one assist.
Harry Redknapp is now eyeing up a deal to bring Kent to Birmingham on loan for the 2017/2018 campaign, according to the Mirror.
Reports in recent months have also suggested that Bournemouth, Brighton and Leeds United are all interested in the 20-year-old, despite the player having expressed his desire to return to Anfield in the summer and prove himself.
Speaking to LFCTV in February, Kent said: “The manager gave me my debut last year when I came back from Coventry and to see him giving out even more debuts this year and putting his trust in young players in big games is pivotal – it inspires you.”
“Not many clubs are giving young players these opportunities, so that’s more inspiration for me to go back to Liverpool in the summer, work hard in pre-season, and push forward for the first team.”
Klopp has since hinted at temporary moves elsewhere for Kent, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo, suggesting at least two would be sent out on loan ahead of the new season.
Kent was a standout performer under manager Paul Heckingbottom last term and will undoubtedly be considering another season in the Championship in aid of gaining even more experience and regular first team football at a competitive level.
That said, interest from Premier League clubs is also sure to be an attractive prospect for a player who has made his wish to play in England’s top flight no secret.
Klopp’s dedication to youth development promises Kent a chance to demonstrate his qualities, but a move elsewhere could be a wise choice at the moment given the inevitable influx of new signings during the transfer window.