Long-term Rangers transfer target Ryan Kent appears to be stuck in limbo at Liverpool.

The 22-year-old was tipped for a permanent move to Leeds United last week. However, no deal materialised before the transfer window slammed shut.

Kent remains a Liverpool player. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

As a result, he will not be able to move to a club in either of the top two divisions in England this summer.

That wouldn’t be such a bad thing if he were in with a shout of challenging for the Liverpool first team.

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However, despite featuring heavily in pre-season, that now looks distinctly unlikely.

Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have returned from their extended holidays following summer international duty and consequently, Kent has been discarded.

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With the likes of Sadio Mane about, there’s no route into the first team for the winger. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

He didn’t make the 18 for the Reds’ opening day win over Norwich and instead, was sent to turn out for the U23s.

He started in a 4-0 defeat to Spurs at a sparsely attended Premier League 2 fixture at the Kirby Academy on Saturday.

 

It was understandable after such a fuss was made about Kent last term, that Jurgen Klopp wanted to have a proper look at him in pre-season.

Given the attacking resources the Reds have, though, it always looked unlikely that he would be able to force his way in.

Now, due to their stubbornness over a transfer fee, Liverpool have left their player in an unenviable situation.

If this scenario persists, will they finally give in and sanction a second Ibrox loan? Or, after the capture of Brandon Barker on a permanent deal, are Rangers now happy with their lot?

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