As Jurgen Klopp sits there with a PL title, one of the best Liverpool sides in history and a CL title to his credit at Anfield too, we doubt he’s losing a lot of sleep over selling Ryan Kent.
With the Mane Firminho Salah trident at their disposal, not even Messi could get in there because when he was ‘available’, Liverpool weren’t even interested.
So, we strongly suggest Klopp isn’t desperately leafing through the sales contract to find clauses in the deal to get Kent back.
But as the 23-year old winger tears up both the SPL and Europa League amidst increasing calls for him to be considered in an England light, we do start to wonder if this is one of the rare times where arguably the world’s best football manager might actually have made a bad judgment call.
We don’t for a second think Kent is good enough to be a Liverpool regular, at least, not yet, but then would Celtic fans ever have envisaged this level of attainment from Virgil Van Dijk?
But we certainly think Klopp may just have one tiny piece of attention now on the progress of the lad, following Leeds’ interest and continuing focus down south in his services, and while he won’t regret selling him, perhaps he might have considered him good enough to use more and show more attention to.
Let’s face it, Kent is one rare occasion where Klopp’s legendary man-management skills let him down – he didn’t treat him great, and didn’t have any time for him.
He saw nothing in the kid and sent out cryptic messages on his future. Then the ‘we’re not sending Kent or Wilson back out on loan’ before sending Wilson to Bournemouth on loan and still refusing a Rangers return for Kent.
In the end, it’s turned out to be a wonderful £7.5M spent by Rangers, money we said at the time that we couldn’t spend but simply had to on the kid, so it’s worked out fantastically for Steven Gerrard and his men, but while we can’t call PL and UCL title winner Jurgen Klopp a ‘loser’ in all of this, we do wonder if perhaps he considers he misjudged the lad.
One can only ponder.