Liverpool prodigy returns cutting short loan spell after Klopp watches him

Sumit Rudra / 04 November 2015

Liverpool loanee Rayan Kent is set to return to the club for talks with manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 18-year-old midfielder is currently with Coventry but Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray confirmed Klopp is keen to have a closer look at him.

Kent scored a superb opener in their in their victory over Barnsley last night and was asked to return to Anfield shortly after, before heading off on international duty with England under 20s.

But they will be forced to revamp their team for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Northampton Town with Adam Armstrong and Ryan Kent, who supplied three of the goals at the Ricoh Arena, ruled out by their parent clubs.

But Joe Cole, who opened his Sky Blues account with a magnificent free-kick last night, is available to face the Cobblers if Mowbray decides it won’t be stretching the fitness of the former England man who turns 34 next week.

The Sky Blues will also be without loan striker Adam Armstrong for the Northampton fixture with Newcastle barring him from playing.

The City will also be without midfielder Romain Vincelot, who picked up his fifth booking of the season for an injury-time flare-up when he tried to prevent Barnsley re-claiming the ball from the penalty that put them within striking distance of a remarkable comeback.

“We’ll have to make changes,” said Mowbray, “but we’ve got the squad to accommodate that – at least in the forward positions.

“Ryan is going back to Liverpool for a few days prior to the international call-up so that the new coach can have a look at him.

“All the loan players are going back for a few days I think, that’s fine by us; that’s good. When a new manager comes in he wants to have a look at all of his players.”

“I might have made changes in any case because I think tonight’s match demonstrated that some players were suffering from their exertions on Saturday.

Klopp appears to have made giving youth a chance priority since taking the reins from Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

One of his first duties was to run the rule over a youth team match while Kent’s fellow midfielder Cameron Brannagan recently signed a new long-term deal with the club.

He was handed his Reds’ debut in the League Cup victory over Bournemouth along with Connor Randall, and Joao Teixeira was given his first start.

And Klopp was quick to heap praise on the youth players that have impressed him since he arrived on Merseyside after the game.

“I have only been here two weeks and have seen these guys in training,” he said.

“For me it was clear that the first time I could give them a chance I would do.”

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