As quoted by BBC Sport, Jurgen Klopp has delivered a major blow to Rangers’ hopes of bringing Ryan Kent back to the club.
Speaking following a 3-0 defeat to Napoli at Murrayfield, the Liverpool manager finally brought some clarity to a saga that has rumbled on for months.
“His time is over for loans,” said Klopp. “At the age he is now, he needs to find a place where he can settle. We will see what happens but a loan is not planned.”
He went on to note that he felt the 22-year-old is a ‘completely different player’ after his Ibrox stint. However, it seems that unless the Gers stump up near-unprecedented cash late in the window, Kent won’t be returning to Glasgow.
Jurgen Klopp deals Rangers big blow
This news will be disappointing for both Steven Gerrard and those Rangers fans still harbouring hopes of seeing Kent back in Light Blue.
The Gers manager has made it clear for some time now that he wanted Kent back for at least another season [Daily Record].
Furthermore, the Englishman was a huge hit with Bears. He may not have set the world alight in terms of stats, but he got bums off seats with regularity and starred in big matches.
Theoretically, there’s still a slim chance that after the departure of Daniel Candeias and Eros Grezda’s reportedly imminent exit [Scottish Sun], the Gers could feel compelled to splash out. However, the longer they wait, the less likely a deal becomes.
It’s undoubtedly a blow. Yet, it’s perhaps less of a hit than had these comments come a few months ago.
The Gers have strengthened in wide areas this summer, with the acquisitions of Sheyi Ojo, Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones. Ojo looks particularly promising and perhaps he can fill the void left behind if Kent fails to return.