Following an impressive pre-season, Liverpool have rewarded young winger Ryan Kent with a new five-year deal. Kent was expected to head out on loan when pre-season started, but the buzz around the club now is that he will be kept at Anfield.
“It’s a big achievement,” Kent told the club’s official website. “I’m looking forward to kicking on in the future now. It was an easy decision. I am with a manager here that is willing to play young players and invest his time into my progression as a player.
“Coming into the pre-season, I hadn’t been with this team for almost the last two years with me being out on loan, but I’ve become more comfortable because of getting minutes on the pitch. I’ve really kicked on now and feel like I can show people what I’m really capable of.”
Following his impressive pre-season, Kent is now expected to remain at the club for the 2017-18 season despite interest from Bundesliga side Hannover 96, who recently approached Liverpool about the possibility of taking the youngster on loan for the coming season.
Hanover have also enquired about Ben Woodburn but have similarly been informed that Jürgen Klopp sees a role for him in the Liverpool first team this year.