Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray is interested in bringing Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent to the League One club on a temporary loan spell to cover for the injured James Maddison, upon the opening of the Football League loan window. Maddison, 18, is expected to be out until January with an ankle problem suffered in August's defeat to Walsall.
The Sky Blues are unbeaten in five of their six league games and occupy an early automatic promotion spot behind leaders Gillingham, but their hopes throughout the remainder of the campaign partly rest on bringing in a replacement for the highly rated Maddison. Following his breakthrough campaign at the Ricoh Arena last term, the Coventry-born teenager was expected to play a key for Mowbray's side.
Kent is among a raft of exciting young players to graduate from Liverpool's academy, and was handed a four-and-a-half-year deal in March. Though the 18 year old is yet to make a senior appearance for Liverpool, showings in the Uefa Under-19 Champions League and the Reds' Under-21 side suggest he is not far from Brendan Rodgers' thinking. Should Kent complete his move to the third tier, he would become the 21st player to leave the club either permanently or on loan since the end of last season.
"He's a young player with who we have noted an interest with Liverpool," Mowbray said according to the Coventry Telegraph. "It might have a day or two to run yet but I would be hopeful of trying to close the deal. We've watched him for a while and he's my type of footballer really. He's a bit whispy but he can come in and do what James isn't going to be able to do for the next four or five months.
"He can handle the ball, play off both feet, travel with the ball and play anywhere behind that main striker, so it makes sense. He's a young boy who has got a bit of pedigree because you know when they come from a big club that they've had a good upbringing. He's only an 18-year-old boy but we've got young boys in the team anyway so we know that if they're in the right environment they can flourish. Hopefully we can get him in over the next couple of days but there's a lot of competition for him so let's wait and see."