By Louis Dangoor
13th September 2019,
Former Liverpool winger Ryan Kent has claimed he was ‘lied to’ about his future before moving to Rangers during the summer.
The 22-year-old joined Liverpool as a youth player in 2003, and finally secured a permanent move away earlier this year, sealing a £7.5million switch to Rangers after impressing during a loan spell at Ibrox last season.
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Steven Gerrard, the Rangers manager, initially tried to agree a deal with his former club to bring Kent in on another season-long loan.
But Liverpool did not want to sanction another temporary switch, and the two clubs eventually agreed to a permanent move on Scotland’s transfer deadline day.
Kent featured for Liverpool during pre-season, but saw no path into the Reds’ first-team under Jurgen Klopp.
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Kent has revealed his final days as a Liverpool player were tough on him, and also accused the Merseysiders of lying to him.
“It was very tough,” said Kent. “I had to stay mentally strong, when you are told you can do one thing and then you are lied to and it doesn’t happen, that is quite hard to take.
“I just had to keep myself fit and train on my own and make sure I keep my fitness levels up and I was waiting for a moment like this to arrive. There’s no bitter taste, the thing that I wanted from the start happened at the end so I am just happy with that.
“I would have liked to have been here from the start, it is quite difficult watching it on the TV wishing I was part of some of the games but I am delighted to be back and I can’t wait to get going.
“There were probably some slight concerns along the way when I thought this might not happen and I might have to plan for something else but I always had a feeling that it might go to the last day of the window and that’s what happened.”