Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, who is currently on-loan at Championship side Barnsley, has insisted to Jurgen Klopp that he wants follow in the footsteps of other young talent at Anfield and push his way into the Reds' first team plans one day soon.
The 20-year-old has impressed in patches in England's second-tier. However, his end product leaves something to be desired - recording only two goals and two assists in 32 league games.
However young Kent is hopeful the experience he is gaining from regular first-team football will put him in a promising position to convince the German manager of his talent.
“The manager gave me my debut last year when I came back from Coventry and to see him giving out even more debuts this year and putting his trust in young players in big games is pivotal - it inspires you," he said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“Not many clubs are giving young players these opportunities, so that’s more inspiration for me to go back to Liverpool in the summer, work hard in pre-season, and push forward for the first team.”
Kent was in a positive mood about his time at Barnsley with the Championship side enjoying a surprisingly good season.
“I’m really enjoying my time here, I’ve fitted into the team really well and I was given a great welcome here,” he added.
“We’ve had some great results. Some people wrote us off at the start of the season but we have showed what we can do."
Competition for places in the attacking areas at Liverpool will be difficult for Kent with both Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho making the positions their own with excellent displays, while Lazar Markovic could return after a loan spell with Hull.