Heckingbottom told the Barnsley Chronicle that the youngster is one of the transfer targets they are interested in this summer, claiming: ''He is a good player and he did well against us last season.''
He also said: ''He certainly fits into the bracket of player that we are after.''
Ryan Kent had spent the season on-loan with Coventry last year where he started 10 times and scored once, ironically that was against Barnsley. That was until new boss Jurgen Klopp called him back from his loan spell at the Ricoh Arena early in January this year to take a closer look at him.
The 19-year-old has risen through the academy ranks at Liverpool and has even featured for England at under-18 and under-20 level.
However, the Oldham born winger has only played for the Liverpool first team once which came last summer in their pre-season tour, but he has featured many times for the Reds at under-21 level.
The young star can also play as a secondary striker and has been with Liverpool since 2003, aged six.
Sheffield United are also keen on the idea of taking the tricky winger on-loan as they look to gain promotion from League One.
The potential move to Barnsley will be a great opportunity for Kent to seize, as he won't be playing for the Liverpool first team for a little while and will provide him with some invaluable experience.