Ryan Kent is said to be so frustrated by Liverpool’s stance over him this summer that he is reportedly willing to effectively go on strike in order to force a move back to Rangers.
The Scottish Young Player of the Year excelled during his first year at Ibrox and found himself a man in demand this summer, with Leeds among his suitors.
However, Liverpool only want to sell the attacker, which appeared to rule out a return to Steven Gerrard’s side – especially with the reigning European champions wanting as much as £12million for Kent.
With the player some distance from Liverpool’s first team, he has lined up for Liverpool Under-23s so far this season, but having played in front of less than 200 people, the Daily Record claims he is now prepared to “down tools” in order to force a move.
Kent was expected to feature in Liverpool Under-23’s 3-0 defeat against Chelsea on Monday night, but he was mysteriously not involved – leading to claims in the Scottish paper that the player is trying to engineer a route back to Glasgow.
With the Scottish transfer deadline remaining open until September 2 though, Rangers are hopeful that Liverpool may reconsider their loan offer – if an option to buy Kent permanently next summer is included.
A source told the Record: “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 creative in order to make it happen.
“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 himself strongly hinted at his frustration at Liverpool’s transfer stance just last month with a post on social media suggesting he feels the Reds are stopping him from moving forward, especially after pricing him out of a move.
He posted a Bible passage from St Peter which reads: “And through covetousness shall they with fiend words make merchandise of you: whose judgement now of a long time lingered not, and their damnation slumbereth not”.
In modern English that translates to: “In their greed teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”
It is not the first time that Kent has taken to Instagram to suggest he is unhappy with his current plight.
He has also posted images from TV show Prison Break, and also uploaded an image of Prince with the word ‘slave’ written on his face.
He has also deleted all images of him playing for Liverpool on Instagram, after also unfollowing them, as he desperately seeks a move away from Merseyside.
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