Danny Mills has claimed there is “no way” Ryan Kent will be at Liverpool next season despite his impressive 2018-19 campaign.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England defender believes the 22-year-old winger will either leave permanently or go out on loan again.
Kent was named Scottish young player of the year after shining on loan at Rangers and they are keen to re-sign him, while Leeds United have also made an approach.
Reports have suggested £12million-valued Kent could stay at Liverpool to try and catch Jurgen Klopp’s eye in pre-season, but Mills does not expect that to happen.
“He’s a million miles away from the Liverpool squad, let’s be honest,” Mills told Football Insider. “He’s a young, talented player but he won’t be in Klopp’s side next season.
“He’ll either move permanently or go out on loan again, there’s no way he’s staying. When you are young, you have to go away for a couple of seasons and earn your stripes somewhere else.
“Liverpool are going to be challenging for the Premier League next season. Unless you are exceptional, you are not going to be getting in that squad.”
Kent is contracted to Liverpool until 2022 and has now accumulated 125 senior appearances from spells with Coventry, Barnsley, Freiburg, Bristol City and Rangers.
Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard has made no attempt to hide his desire to take the winger back for another season, although a permanent deal is out of the question due to his price tag.
In other LIverpool news, Football Insider can reveal an Anfield attacker has agreed the terms of a five-year contract as transfer beckons.