Are Liverpool Bent on Adding Darren to their squad ?
In what could be termed as a really sensational bid, Liverpool FC are rumored to have made enquiry about the availability of England International and Aston Villa frontman Darren Bent, reports Click Liverpool.
Although the source may not be considered very reliable, the article has a very valid point of inference.
It correctly refers to the fact that just after Darren Bent left Sunderland for Aston Villa, Liverpool Football Director Damien Comolli had referred to Bent as a potential Liverpool target but his similarity in competence to Fernando Torres had been a deterring factor in any stepping-up of interest.
However, after Fernando Torres stunned the Anfield faithful and moved to Stamford Bridge late into that transfer window, things have changed quite a lot.
Liverpool have both dabbled in potential scorers like Andy Carroll and proven goal scorers like Luis Suarez in that window itself. The Reds then moved on to strengthen both their midfield and defense too in the summer transfer window that followed.
All that also accompanied a huge outlay of cash, but with a measly 21 goals in 18 matches that followed, even a much improved Liverpool team from last season has had to drop points against oppositions like Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland, Fulham and a few newly promoted sides.
Thus, exactly one year after one of the most exciting winter windows of the Premier League in recent times, Liverpool still find themselves short of genuine goal scorers.
This is where Darren Bent comes in. According to this report, Bent is truly exceptional at something which Liverpool badly missed this season: scoring goals. At 27, Darren Bent has that 'fox-in-the-box' attitude in the opposition box just the way Liverpool needs it. He is proven at the Premier League level and with a good supply of services, Bent has been pretty brilliant. In fact, he could remind of Dimitar Berbatov, who too was brilliant in his spell at Tottenham before he made a move to Manchester United at a similar age.
Although, it can be argued that Bent's acrobatic ability may not be as good as the Bulgarian, scoring over 80 goals in five years in England's premier division with mid-table level teams is no mean feat.
Considering Liverpool's recent form with respect to creating chances pretty good, Bent, if fit, could easily be the missing link in the Reds system. The fact that Aston Villa have not really lived up to expectations after Bent joined could also make the striker make a transfer request for Liverpool if he finds that the Reds are really interested.
The problems with going for Darren Bent could also be a handful for the Reds manager, Kenny Dalglish.
Firstly, it could imply that the gaffer has lost his faith in the big frontman, a player who went down in history as the most expensive English player ever in terms of transfer fees, when Liverpool bid for him last winter. Indications from the Liverpool camp suggest that such is not the case.
Also, the bid for Bent or any other striker could also be viewed by critics as a quick fix to end the problems—especially when history suggests that even players like Robin van Persie scored a mere 10 goals in his 41 appearances for Arsenal, five goals from Carroll in 28 games could be easily a misleading statistics given he has age on his side and has showed genuine potential on occasions.
Though both Robin and Carroll are completely different type of players and the comparison may be unfair at the moment, the faith openly exhibited by Liverpool gaffer Kenny Dalglish shows that he believes the former Newcastle striker is certainly going to improve and could reach expected heights.
A lot of people may doubt the source of the rumor—also because the Reds have been linked with a few other potential targets. However, if the Reds are not really able to attract top-class talents like Gonzalo Higuain as the former Liverpool player and now Liverpool legend John Barnes recently urged, Darren Bent could be a good addition if he is available.