Former Liverpool winger Ryan Kent says he was ‘lied to’ before completing summer transfer to Rangers

13 Sep

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Kent has claimed he was ‘lied to’ about his future before moving to Rangers during the summer.

The 22-year-old joined Liverpool as a youth player in 2003, and finally secured a permanent move away earlier this year, sealing a £7.5million switch to Rangers after impressing during a loan spell at Ibrox last season.

Kent scored six goals for Rangers during his successful loan spell last season
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Steven Gerrard, the Rangers manager, initially tried to agree a deal with his former club to bring Kent in on another season-long loan.

But Liverpool did not want to sanction another temporary switch, and the two clubs eventually agreed to a permanent move on Scotland’s transfer deadline day.

Kent featured for Liverpool during pre-season, but saw no path into the Reds’ first-team under Jurgen Klopp.

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Kent has revealed his final days as a Liverpool player were tough on him, and also accused the Merseysiders of lying to him.

“It was very tough,” said Kent. “I had to stay mentally strong, when you are told you can do one thing and then you are lied to and it doesn’t happen, that is quite hard to take.

“I just had to keep myself fit and train on my own and make sure I keep my fitness levels up and I was waiting for a moment like this to arrive. There’s no bitter taste, the thing that I wanted from the start happened at the end so I am just happy with that.

Ryan Kent made only one senior appearance for Liverpool, playing against Exeter in the FA Cup over three years ago
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“I would have liked to have been here from the start, it is quite difficult watching it on the TV wishing I was part of some of the games but I am delighted to be back and I can’t wait to get going.

“There were probably some slight concerns along the way when I thought this might not happen and I might have to plan for something else but I always had a feeling that it might go to the last day of the window and that’s what happened.”

Ryan Kent can be as good as Real Madrid star Eden Hazard, says former Rangers team-mate Kyle Lafferty

3 Sep

Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty is convinced Ryan Kent can become as good as Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard one day.

Lafferty, who joined Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08 last month following his release at Ibrox, believes the £7m capture of the Liverpool forward is a statement signing which turns the Gers into genuine title contenders.

Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty has lavished praise on Rangers’ latest signing Ryan Kent
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“After one game last season I spoke to Ryan in the showers. People were raving about Eden Hazard and his ability to know what he’s going to do before the ball comes to him,” Lafferty told the Daily Record.

“I said to Kenty, ‘Mate, you could be as good as him, if not better.’

“He has everything in his locker. He could probably add a few more goals but the chances he creates and winning games is what he does. I’m excited already to see him play.

“It’s crazy to think he’s back. This is the biggest and most significant signing of the season.”

Kent was a big hit at Ibrox last season and has now clinched a £7m move from Liverpool
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Such is the regard Lafferty holds Kent is, the 31-year-old revealed the impressive winger is one of the top three players he’s ever played with.

“Ryan’s in the top three of the best I’ve played with and I’ve had [Paulo] Dybala and [Andrea] Belotti as team-mates.

“I’m more than happy to say that as he provides something special,” he added.

“It’s about how he takes the ball, how he runs with it and I’ve seen him absolutely destroy defenders. He can do that even with three or four defenders around him.

Lafferty believes Kent could be as good, if not better, than Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard one day
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“Ryan’s a match-winner and to have him in your team with a good foundation around him is a massive statement for Rangers.

Steven Gerrard’s men produced an abject display as they were beaten 2-0 by bitter rivals Celtic at Ibrox on Sunday, but Lafferty says the return of Kent will give everyone at the football club a massive lift.

“It’s the ideal lift for all of the supporters,” he concluded. Kenty is the one player who’ll get everyone out of their seats again. It’s a huge tonic.

“If there is any player who’s going to help Rangers to land 55 [titles] then it’s him.”

Ryan Kent: Rangers chief reveals how relationship with Liverpool helped get £7m transfer over the line

3 Sep

Rangers’ director of football Mark Allen has hailed Liverpool for helping the Scottish club get their permanent deal for Ryan Kent over the line.

The 22-year-old finally sealed his move to Glasgow on Monday, the day the transfer window closed in Scotland, for a fee in the region of £7million.

Rangers had been chasing the English youngster all summer, following his impressive loan spell last season that saw him make 43 appearances and score six goals.

Liverpool ruled out another loan exit for Kent as he had spent loan spells at four other clubs since he became a professional at Liverpool in 2015 – and that decision appeared to all but end the Gers’ hopes of landing him again.

But the Glasgow club reignited their interest towards the end of the window and managed to thrash out a permanent deal in time.


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Kent said he never lost hope of returning to Ibrox after sealing his long-awaited return.

And Rangers chief Allen has praised Liverpool and said the transfer was the fruit of the relationship between the two clubs – no doubt helped by Reds legend and current Gers manager Steven Gerrard.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Allen said: “We made our intention very clear at the start of the window; Ryan was a key target and we got there in the end.

“Liverpool Football Club have been fantastic first and foremost in what they’ve done and helped us trying to get this over the line.

“A lot of credit needs to go to Liverpool for that.

Ryan Kent was keen to join Rangers permanently having only featured in pre-season for Liverpool
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“Ryan enjoyed his time at Rangers and he was obviously keen to come back, but the respect enjoyed between the two clubs helped us get him.

“It says a lot for the support and vision of the board in terms of where it wants to get Rangers to, and we’re in a sustainable place now where Rangers can move forward.”

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What happened on transfer deadline day around Europe? Mauro Icardi, Bobby Duncan, Ryan Kent and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all move clubs

3 Sep

On a busy transfer deadline day, Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined Roma on loan, while Liverpool sold youth team striker Bobby Duncan to Fiorentina.

Mkhitaryan made 59 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, scoring nine goals.

It is understood the Italian club will pay all of his £180,000-a-week wages and have an obligation to sign him on a permanent deal next summer, which is thought to be triggered by him playing 25 matches.

Fiorentina have reportedly paid £1.7million up front for Duncan, scorer of 32 goals for the under-18s in his first season since arriving from Manchester City in 2018 and there is also a 20 per cent sell-on fee for the player.

Matteo Darmian, meanwhile, is the fourth player to leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side for Serie A this summer, with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez having joined Inter before Chris Smalling made his loan switch to Roma last week.

The full-back has returned to Italy to join Parma and the deal is also believed to include a sell-on clause, with the Italy international signing a deal until 2023 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

Darmian joined United in 2015 from Torino in a reported £12.7million deal and went on to represent the club 92 times in all competitions.

Solskjaer confirmed on Friday a move was on the cards for the full-back and later reiterated Paul Pogba would not be leaving for Real Madrid or anywhere else before the European deadline.

Notable transfers

Mauricio Pochettino can relax now, the transfer window is closed until January

Mauro Icardi: Inter to PSG (season-long loan)

Yannick Bolasie: Everton to Sporting (season-long loan)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Arsenal to Roma (season-long loan)

Bobby Duncan: Liverpool to Fiorentina (£1.7m)

Javier Hernandez: West Ham to Sevilla (£7.3m)

Ryan Kent: Liverpool to Rangers (£7m)

Radamel Falcao: Monaco to Galatasaray (loan)

Keylor Navas: Real Madrid to PSG (£13.6m)

Asmir Begovic: Bournemouth to Qarabag (season-long loan)

Fernando Llorente: Napoli (free – had been released by Tottenham)

Matteo Darmian: Man United to Parma (£3.6m)

Javier Hernandez stunned Sevilla sporting director Monchi by taking a pay cut to leave West Ham, Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has moved to Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag on loan and former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente has joined Serie A side Napoli.

Llorente had been without a club since he left Spurs at the end of his contract in June, while Spurs also sold 20-year-old Marcus Edwards to Portuguese club Vitoria.

Chelsea winger Kenedy has completed a season-long loan move to Spanish club Getafe.

The Brazilian, who is in the final year of his contract, spent the last 18 months on loan at Newcastle, where he scored three goals in 41 appearances.

Despite featuring in Chelsea’s pre-season preparations, Kenedy has failed to break into Frank Lampard’s first-team squad for the Premier League campaign.

Since joining the Blues from Fluminense in 2015, Kenedy has made 27 appearances and was an unused substitute in the first two league games of this season.

Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina has joined Galatasaray on a season-long loan.

Galatasaray fans seem happy Falcao has joined their club
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Celtic have signed teenage defender Jeremie Frimpong from Manchester City, with the 18-year-old right-back has agreeing a four-year contract with the Scottish champions.

Striker Stefano Okaka has joined Udinese from Watford on a permanent deal and Yannick Bolasie has joined Sporting from Everton on loan, having been at Goodison since 2016.

French side PSG snapped up Mauro Icardi from Inter on loan and landed Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, while in Istanbul, Galatasaray fans lit flares to await the arrival of Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco.

Liverpool winger Ryan Kent ‘to down tools’ in attempt to push through Rangers transfer

21 Aug

Liverpool outcast Ryan Kent is ready to ‘down tools’ in an attempt to push through a move to Rangers, according to reports.

The 22-year-old was named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year after scoring six goals throughout an impressive Ibrox loan spell last season.

Kent returned to Liverpool at the end of last season and featured throughout pre-season
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Gers boss Steven Gerrard is keen to bring Kent back north of the border on a second loan deal, but Liverpool want to permanently sell their academy graduate.

Kent’s only senior Liverpool appearance came in a 2-2 FA Cup draw with Exeter in January 2016 and he is not in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans.

With the Scottish transfer window open until September 2, the Daily Record claim the £7million-rated winger will plead with Reds chiefs to allow him to join Rangers on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal – and he’ll even down tools to force a transfer.

A source told the Scottish outlet: “When the English window closed without Ryan moving on, Rangers realised they may still have a chance of doing a deal but that they would have to be creative in order to make it happen.

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“Klopp has ruled out another straightforward loan but Rangers hope the additional clause, which would turn it into a permanent move at a future date, might help swing the deal in their favour.

“Ryan knows he’ll have to do everything he can to help make it happen and it seems that’s exactly what he is trying to do. The current situation suits no one.

“It’s going down to the wire now but there is still time to push it through.”

Kent, who is fully fit, was left out of Liverpool’s Under-23 squad for their 3-0 defeat by Chelsea on Monday.

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Last month, Gerrard admitted Rangers had been priced out of a move for Kent.

“I haven’t asked that question (to the board) but I think the answer would probably be yes,” said Gerrard, who revealed the figures required to sign Kent would be too much for his side.

“Jurgen has come out and given the answer that will come out of my mouth anyway. It has been addressed and we move on.

“The end of it? Where we are right now, yes. We respect Liverpool’s stance and we thank them very much for allowing us to work with Ryan for a year.

“We have obviously got a Liverpool player at the moment in Sheyi Ojo who has started very well.

“I had a good conversation on the phone with Jurgen a few days ago and we totally respect Liverpool’s position on it.”

Kent has had loan spells with Coventry, Barnsley, Freiburg, Bristol City and Rangers in recent years.

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Transfer news and football gossip: Man United submit £80m Maguire bid, Liverpool transfer ruled out, Arsenal in loan bid for Juventus ace

1 Aug

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…

Manchester United have made a formal £80million take it or leave it bid for Leicester defender Harry Maguire – FULL STORY

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, 24, will be sold to Arsenal for €80m (£73m), the French club’s president Gerard Lopez has confirmed. (RMC Sport)

Napoli are set to bid £60m for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha after losing out on Pepe, with the Gunners opting to sign the Lille star instead of the Eagles ace. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are still considering their options over a move for Paulo Dybala, with the 25-year-old Argentine due back at Juventus to discuss his future this week. (Manchester Evening News)

Nicolas Pepe is set to join Arsenal
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Barcelona have not received any offers for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who has been up for sale all summer. (ESPN)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard confirms a move for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent is dead and they cannot afford a permanent transfer. (Daily Record)

Arsenal have made a bid to loan 25-year-old Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani for two seasons. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Captain Laurent Koscielny remains determined to leave the Gunners this summer amid ongoing talks between the club and defender. (The Independent)

Arsenal are prepared to let German defender Shkodran Mustafi leave this summer, but Roma are yet to make a bid for him despite being linked with the 27-year-old. (Romanews)

Juventus defender Rugani is wanted by Arsenal
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Bayern Munich sports director Hasan Salihamidzic says Manchester City deserve an apology after manager Niko Kovac said the Bundesliga champions were set to sign 23-year-old German winger Leroy Sane. (Sport Bild)

Meanwhile, further reports in Germany claim Bayern have now submitted a formal bid for Sane and have presented personal terms to the player. (Bild+)

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Monaco over a potential £9m deal for 16-year-old midfielder Hannibal Mejbri. (Daily Mail)

Steven Gerrard says Liverpool winger Ryan Kent will not be heading back to Rangers this summer
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The Red Devils are also ready to rival Barcelona for Marseille’s 17-year-old’s French forward Isaac Lihadji. (La Provence)

Everton are working on a deal to bring 23-year-old Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, 23, to Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)

The Toffees are also among a number of clubs keen on signing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, 21, on loan after his superb campaign with Derby County last term. (Evening Standard)

Danny Drinkwater looks set to stay at Chelsea this season as the 29-year-old midfielder is yet to receive any concrete offers to move elsewhere. (Evening Standard)

Steven Gerrard admits Rangers have been priced out of Ryan Kent transfer by Liverpool

31 Jul

Rangers have no choice but to move on from Ryan Kent, according to manager Steven Gerrard.

The Glasgow side were desperate to get the Liverpool winger back following an impressive loan stint last season.

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Kent would only be leaving the club on a permanent basis this summer – with the finances involved beyond Rangers’ reach.

Ryan Kent was a big hit during his season-long loan at Rangers
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“I haven’t asked that question (to the board) but I think the answer would probably be yes,” said Gerrard as he admitted the figures required to sign Kent would be too rich for his side.

“Jurgen has come out and given the answer that will come out of my mouth anyway. It has been addressed and we move on.

“The end of it? Where we are right now, yes. We respect Liverpool’s stance and we thank them very much for allowing us to work with Ryan for a year.

“We have obviously got a Liverpool player at the moment in Sheyi Ojo who has started very well. I had a good conversation on the phone with Jurgen a few days ago and we totally respect Liverpool’s position on it.

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“It is possible we still might get one more player in, but there is no rush. The squad is in a decent place so we will go with what we have at the moment.

“If something was to come up that makes us better and we think it will make us better then we will take it to the board and the answer will be with them.”

Reports on Thursday claimed striker Alfredo Morelos had decided against a move to Hebei Fortune despite the Chinese Super League outfit having been prepared to meet Rangers’ £15million valuation.

It was claimed a £30million, three-year package had been put on the table before the Colombian turned it down.

But Gerrard responded to the story by saying: “I’m unaware of it. There have been no bids. It is as you were from the last time. I’m not sure whether he is going to do the interview for you, though.”

Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp delivers Rangers blow by ruling out Ryan Kent loan switch

29 Jul

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Ryan Kent will not be returning to Rangers on loan this summer.

The 22-year-old impressed during his temporary spell at Ibrox last term and Steven Gerrard had been hopeful of getting him back on loan.

Ryan Kent missed the Napoli defeat with a virus
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However, the Reds will only consider a permanent deal, signalling an end of Rangers’ pursuit.

“His time is over for loans,” Klopp said after his side’s pre-season defeat by Napoli at Murrayfield.

“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.”

Nonetheless, Klopp praises the impact of Rangers on Kent’s development, particularly the influence of Liverpool legend Gerrard.

The winger was named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year after scoring six goals in 43 appearances for the Gers.

“He came back as a completely different player and it was a very important year for him,” he said.

“It helped being with a good manager, at a good club, with good competition, and it was exactly the right thing for him at the right moment.”

Leeds United transfer news: Marcelo Bielsa watches Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent as Rangers lie in wait

16 Jul

Marcelo Bielsa scouted Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent on Sunday ahead of a potential loan deal.

The Leeds United boss delayed a pre-season trip to Australia in order to watch the Reds’ 3-1 victory over Bradford.

Ryan Kent impressed on Sunday against Bradford under the watchful eye of Marcelo Bielsa
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Rangers are still keen on signing the 22-year-old for a second successive loan stint, with Steven Gerard keen to bring the winger back to Ibrox.

However, Jurgen Klopp is yet to sanction a deal for Kent, who scored six times and made four assists in the Scottish Premiership last season.

And Bielsa’s scouting mission is sure to be of interest to the German, who allowed Harry Wilson to join Derby County last year.

The Argentine was reportedly also watching the Wales international, but it was Kent who caught the attention of Bielsa.

Kent had a hand in all three goals at Valley Parade, with Klopp promising to give the youngster every opportunity to impress in the three-game USA trip – with Liverpool facing Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon.

He said: “The door is always open, but the boys have to go through by themselves. It is always like this in each pre-season.”

Liverpool team news: Predicted Reds XI to face Tranmere in pre-season opener

11 Jul

Liverpool take on Tranmere in their pre-season opener on Thursday night.

Jurgen Klopp will be without a number of his first-teamers as they are expected back later on this month.

Simon Mignolet could be called upon given Liverpool’s shortage of fit and available goalkeepers
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Sadio Mane is currently with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Roberto Firmino and Alisson are on holiday following Brazil’s Copa America triumph.

Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum played in the Nations League last month and are still away.

Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita are also abroad after their countries, Egypt and Guinea respectively, were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations.

It leaves Klopp short of options, but gives a chance for the club’s youngsters to impress.

“These boys are our future if they want to be our future. That’s how it is because for that they need to take all the steps,” Klopp said.

Jurgen Klopp will be without star defender Virgil van Dijk
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“A lot of them will be part of the US tour, we have to use that because of the number of games we play. We need all of them and that’s nice.

“Only as an example, Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel; our offensive line that played last year is coming pretty late in joining us in the pre-season, so we have to be creative system-wise and all that stuff, but there will be moments when they have to play.

“Not only at Tranmere or whatever, but in America as well when we play Borussia Dortmund and all the other guys.

“So, it’s good and it’s always like this; when you are already in the club, then the door is always open for you to the first-team.”

Harry Wilson could be thrown in from the start
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Simon Mignolet, who has been linked with a move away from Liverpool after playing second fiddle to Alisson last season, is expected to start in goal but new signing Sepp van den Berg will be absent as he is still waiting on his FIFA clearance to come through.

Nathaniel Clyne, another player who could leave after spending the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth, could feature at right-back with Joe Gomez, 17-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever and James Milner possibly making up the rest of the defence.

Fabinho is likely to anchor the midfield with fit-again Adam Lallana and exciting youngster Curtis Jones playing further ahead.

Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out with a calf injury, and with Mane, Firmino and Salah away, it gives Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent and Rhian Brewster a chance to impress.

Wilson and Kent thrived in loan spells with Derby and Rangers, respectively, last term, while Klopp has confirmed Brewster will be part of his first-team plans for the upcoming campaign.

How Liverpool’s starting XI could look against Tranmere

Is this how Liverpool could start against Tranmere?
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