Upon arrival at Anfield, Klopp slammed the English loan system. He even recalled Kent from his proposed year long spell at Coventry. But after seeing how the youngster has improved from playing regular competitive football the German has changed his stance. Klopp praised Kent in a recent article:
‘It’s pay off for all the hard work that’s been put in over the last few years. It’s a big achievement for me, my mum, my dad, my family and friends that have been with me throughout this big journey,” he told the clubs official website.
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While the likes of Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander Arnold and Harry Wilson were stealing all of the headlines last season winger, Ryan Kent, was busy working his backside off with Championship side Barnsley in the hope of improving himself as player and a person. Kent was once seen as another Liverpool graduate destined for a decent career in the lower leagues after a short spell with Coventry City and just one senior appearance with the reds.
Kent was seen as one of the shining lights in an otherwise depressing mid table finish for Barnsley. He picked up the club’s young player-of-the-year award thanks to his pacy, skillful performances, and a rather special goal against rivals Leeds Utd. His rise and subsequent contract extension has been a surprise to many reds fans. For the man himself it’s just reward for the non-stop hard work.
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