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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Pool won't budge over Kent situation

Ryan Kent (left) in action for Rangers last season. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Ryan Kent (left) in action for Rangers last season. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Liverpool will not budge on their stance over Ryan Kent and the winger will not be allowed to join Rangers on loan.

Reports in Scotland suggested the 22-year-old, whose solitary first-team appearance for the Reds came in an FA Cup tie in January 2016, was prepared to try to force a move back to Ibrox, where he had a successful spell last season.

However, Liverpool's position has been clear from the start of the summer in that they see no value for them or the player in allowing him to return on loan and that will not change.

The club's preference is to sell last season's Scottish young player of the year and they are looking for something in the region of £7million - a figure Rangers boss and former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard cannot meet.

Manager Jurgen Klopp last month outlined the Merseyside club's reasoning, saying: "Going back? If Rangers can buy him. The time is over giving him on loan. At a specific age, a player needs to find a place to settle and stuff like this. A loan is not planned."

Force

Despite claims Kent may "down tools" at Liverpool to force through a move, the winger's behaviour has been exemplary.

Two other players who will also not be leaving on loan in this window are defender Dejan Lovren and youngster Bobby Duncan. Lovren has fallen behind Joel Matip and Joe Gomez in the race to be Virgil Van Dijk's central defensive partner and has been linked with a move away.

However, after the club pulled out of talks with AC Milan and, most recently, Roma, the expectation is that the Croatia international will now remain beyond next month's European transfer deadline.

Despite reported interest from Bayer Leverkusen, there has been no approach, and Liverpool would not sanction a loan to the Bundesliga side of a player they value at £15million-£20million.

Neither will they do so for Duncan, a cousin of Gerrard, after interest from Danish side Nordsjaelland.

The club want the striker, an FA Youth Cup winner with the under-18s last season and who took part in the first team's summer tour of the United States, to continue his progress with the under-23s in the coming campaign.

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