By Scott Taylor
Ryan Kent is set to be recalled from his loan spell at Coventry next week as Jurgen Klopp will promote him to the Liverpool first team. Kent, 19, has made 16 appearances for the League One side, scoring one goal and claiming an assist. After this weekend’s league game against Crewe Alexandra, the winger will return to Merseyside with his parent club playing potentially eight games in January.
The recall comes in the wake of another injury crisis, with striker Divock Origi ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury. It is likely that Liverpool manager Klopp will rotate his squad in next Friday’s FA Cup Third Round tie away to League Two side Exeter, so Kent may be given a chance to impress. The winger, who can play on the left or the right side of midfielder, is also available for the Reds’ Europa League squad, so may feature in their last 32 tie against Bundesliga side Ausburg.
After playing two U21 Premier League games for Liverpool, Kent joined the Sky Blues in September. During his spell with Tony Mowbray’s side, the winger started in ten of his 16 games on loan, and was even called up to the England U20 squad in November. His one and only goal came in Coventry’s dramatic 4-3 win over Barnsley in November, whilst his assist came in the Sky Blues’ 2-2 draw with Doncaster in late November.
Kent is a regular in Michael Beale’s U21 side but has yet to make a first team appearance for Liverpool.