By Scott Taylor
Liverpool U21 midfielder Ryan Kent is set to sign for League One side Coventry City on loan. Kent, 18, was linked with a move to Swindon Town earlier this season and recently was on international duty with England U20s. Kent has been heavily linked with a loan move to the Sky Blues, who are second in League One, one point behind leaders Gillingham.
Kent is predominantly a winger but can also play as a second striker. He is one of the many exciting attacking prospects at the Reds’ Kirkby academy so will need a loan spell in order to improve as a player. The youngster has played 18 games in the U21 Premier League, and has scored six goals and picked up four assists. Kent has also played in the UEFA Youth League, a tournament for Europe’s best young players. The winger played six games, and scored once with two assists.
Kent made his debut for England U20s this week after his call-up from the U18s. He only played two games at that level, but after scoring twice he had done enough to warrant a call-up. He played alongside Liverpool team-mate Cameron Brannagan, who has also been linked with a loan move away from the Reds. Kent has struggled with a back injury in the past, but it looks like that is behind him as he looks to get experience playing in the Football League.
Should Kent join Coventry City, he will be the 19th Liverpool player to be loaned out this season, and the 14th to play in the U21s. He will also be the fourth player on loan at the Sky Blues this season, and may play alongside England U20 team-mate Bryn Morris, who is also on loan with the League One side. It is not yet known whether Kent will play for Liverpool U21s when they visit Chelsea on Friday night.