Date: 14th September 2019 at 3:35pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent hailed Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson after he was axed from the starting XI in Saturday’s 3-1 win against Newcastle United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that he would name the 29-year-old in the starting XI every single week if he was his manager, heralding his ability to perform multiple duties in the middle of the park.

Henderson has been transformed from a defensive midfielder into a more advanced player under Jurgen Klopp, carrying out the same box-to-box duties while with England over the international break.

Bent says the former Sunderland star is vitally important for both Klopp and Gareth Southgate and that he would want his talents in the starting line up week after week.

Bent told Football Insider: “He’d be in my team every single week, every single game. I don’t care, he would be in my team every single game.

“He gives 100 per cent all the time, he can do two jobs – he can bust a gut and get forward and create opportunities like a through pass or a cross and he can just sit in front of that back four, mop up and get about. He is so important.”

Henderson has started three of Liverpool’s five opening Premier League games this season, finding himself on the bench for the Reds’ home triumph against Newcastle.

He has also played 53 times for England since making his debut back in 2010, including featuring in five of the last six Three Lions games.

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