Young Liverpool attacking midfielder Ryan Kent is set to head to Barnsley on loan after the two club agreed to a deal including a clause meant to ensure the 19-year-old plays in at least 75% of the the Championship side’s games this season.
The Championship newcomers were promoted last year following a successful playoff campaign and have been seeking to bring in talent in order to ensure that, having earned their promotion, they can remain in England’s second division for another season.
Kent spent last autumn on loan with Coverntry, where he scored a goal and assist in 17 League One appearances before being recalled to Liverpool in January. At the time, manager Jürgen Klopp had prioritised getting a first-hand look at the club’s young talent.
Now, having had a chance to see all the club’s prospects in person, a number are again heading out on loan to ensure they get playing time in a season when chances at Liverpool will be limited with no European football and Klopp determined to complete on all fronts.
With fewer games to play and improved depth thanks to their dealings in the transfer market, even minutes in the League Cup would have been hard to come by, and so a Championship loan and plenty of football seems like the best thing for both club and player.
Kent, who was born in Oldham, joined the Liverpool academy when he was just seven years of age and has been a mainstay at the club through every youth level.