Throughout the last several years, Darren Bent has been one of the best English strikers in the Premier League.
Even though he has been hurt due to injury, the Aston Villa striker is among the top goal-scorers in England and can be next to impossible to stop when he is on top of his game.
Bent has been slowed by injuries after failing to make England's 2010 World Cup roster, but he still is one of the most dangerous players when he plays.
However, Bent has been skating on thin ice after he was pictured shopping during a 2-0 loss by Villa to Liverpool before Christmas.
Bent has since played again for Villa and tallied the third goal for the Villans during their stunning 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Dec. 31. After the win, Villa boss Alex McLeish said, "He [Bent] won't be leaving."
There were already rumors that Bent could leave Villa during the January transfer window and decide to move north to Liverpool.
It was already rumored that Kenny Dalglish could make a £24 million bid for the striker, but McLeish obviously wants to keep Bent.
However, it could be mandatory for Liverpool to make a move for Bent in order to qualify for the Champions League next year.
However, Liverpool are going to need an extra attacking option after their 3-0 loss in Eastlands last night. After it was announced that Liverpool were not going to appeal Luis Suarez's eight-match suspension for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, the attacking flair from Liverpool was awful.
Currently, Andy Carroll finds himself under immense pressure to deliver in a big way for Liverpool and he was unable to convince anyone in the loss.
If Bent were to be acquired, he could play alongside Carroll and would help to take some pressure off of the former Newcastle star.
When Liverpool acquired Carroll last year, they proved that they can easily overpay for an English striker. With a rich owner and no debt issues, it shouldn't be financially difficult for Liverpool to acquire Bent.
By getting Bent, Liverpool would be able to have a strong offense and continue to compete until Suarez comes back in February at Old Trafford.
For Bent, this move would help him out in his efforts to play and start for England in Euro 2012. Bent has scored all four of his goals for England since the start of the 2010-11 season and this would certainly help him make the squad.
Even if he is not playing every match for Liverpool, Bent will get into strong shape with Liverpool and his chances for making the England squad would go up.
With a strong Euro 2012, Liverpool would be able to earn a nice sum of money by transferring Bent in the summer. Clubs are always prone to overpaying for players after strong international tournaments and Bent would be no exception.
If Bent were to transfer, Aston Villa would also be able to benefit. Villa would get a nice payday for Bent's services and could reinvest the money into several younger players from other clubs.
Villa are probably not going to be a top half club this year due to their inconsistent results and they should already look toward finding success in the future—not now.
If Bent were to stay at Villa, both he and the club will be hurt. Bent will probably not make the English Euro 2012 squad and Villa is losing out on a nice amount of money that would help the club more than Bent could.
Follow me on Twitter @Andrew_Jordan