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Rangers will only get Ryan Kent back if they buy him permanently, says Klopp

By CJ Smith

Published: 18:02, 29 July 2019

Rangers will only be able to re-sign winger Ryan Kent from Liverpool if they make it a permanent deal, according to Jurgen Klopp.

Kent scored six goals in 27 Scottish Premiership matches on loan at Rangers last season, but despite impressing in Glasgow, where he clinched the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award, and playing a prominent role for Liverpool during pre-season, he isn’t expected to feature in Klopp’s plans at Anfield.

Even so, the German insisted he will only sanction a permanent deal for the 22-year-old so that he can finally “settle” at a club after five separate loan moves away from Liverpool in the past.

“It helped a lot. He came back a completely a different player,” Klopp said of Kent’s time at Ibrox last season.

“It was a very important year. It helped, good club, good manager and means good competition. Exactly the right thing for him at the right moment.

“But going back? (Only) If Rangers can buy him. The time is over giving him on loan.

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“At a specific age, a player needs to find a place to settle and stuff like this. But we will see. A loan is not planned.”

As well as his Rangers loan, Kent has spent time at Coventry City, Barnsley, Freiburg and Bristol City in the past, scoring 10 goals in 124 senior appearances.

The winger has just one cup appearance to his name for the Liverpool first team.