Liverpool fans entered the final day of the summer transfer window with high hopes after being told by club-connected journalists that there was a £175M war chest and a determination by the club to make a statement—to take the next step and push for domestic and European honours.
Instead, nothing much of substance has happened following the official confirmation of Wednesday’s signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and as the day winds down the focus turns to outgoings, with new homes expected to be found for some of the club’s youth and fringe players.
One of the more notable departures in that class is Ryan Kent, the promising 20year-old winger who did well enough in pre-season to convince some he would have a role to play with the first team this season. And he will, just not with Liverpool’s first team, it will be with SC Freiburg.
The Bundesliga side have this evening completed Kent’s signing on a season-long loan despite speculation at the start of the day that he would only depart if the club could bring in further first team signings. That hasn’t happened but the young player will need minutes.
The bottom-half Bundesliga side will hopefully give him those minutes while providing a high level of competition that will benefit his long-term development.