Liverpool, under Jurgen Klopp, exceeded the expectations last season and reached the prestigious Champions League final defying odds. Although they suffered a heartbreaking defeat to reigning champions Real Madrid, Klopp has dived into the transfer market in full throttle and roped in several high-profile resources to eye silverware next season.
However, several exits are also lined up to trim down the squad size as the gaffer has sanctioned loan moves for several academy prospects who are not yet ready to be integrated into the first-team action but will be benefitted from regular minutes somewhere else. Ryan Kent, the dynamic winger who had a couple of underwhelming loan spells last term with Bundesliga side SC Freiberg and Championship outfit Bristol City, was not included in Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Blackburn Rovers on Thursday night implying a move-out arranged already.
If reports are believed to be true, the 21-year-old England youth international is set to complete his season-long loan move to Scotland within hours where he will continue his growth under former Liverpool midfield icon Steven Gerrard, currently in charge of the famous Glasgow Rangers who are eyeing squad revamp to draw an end to Celtic’s monopoly in Scottish football. The Light Blues are lacking conversion upfront despite creating ample of opportunities and the starlet, with his pace, power, versatility and vision, is tipped to hand them a significant boost to sort out the goal drought at Ibrox.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have wrapped up Brazil ‘number 1’ Alisson Becker in a world-record fee (£67m) for a goalkeeper in the aftermath of Loris Karius’ howlers between the sticks against Los Blancos in the Champions League final. His erroneous display continued during the Reds pre-season tie versus Tranmere Rovers and the under-pressure German will now continue as the back-up of former AS Roma custodian. Alisson’s inclusion has drawn an end to Danny Ward’s Liverpool future as the Welsh international, despite a couple of exquisite loan spells with Aberdeen and Huddersfield Town in recent years, only made one appearance last season in a League Cup tie against Leicester City and spent as the ‘third choice’ behind both Karius and Simon Mignolet.
Ward, 25, is now closing in on making a permanent transfer for first-team action and soon to be announced by the Foxes amid speculations of a possible transfer out of in-demand Danish sensation Kasper Schmeichel. Liverpool are set to receive around £12m for their reserve keeper which indicates yet another smart and shrewd business under Klopp and new sporting director Michael Edwards.