By Darren Bent

31st Oct, 2020 | 1:30pm

'Big, Big Loss' - Exclusive: Bent reacts to 'Double' Liverpool injury blow

Darren Bent has suggested that Fabinho’s absence represents a “double” blow for Liverpool because of his ability to play in defence and midfield.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker called on Rhys Williams, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to “step up” in the Brazilian’s absence.

Fabinho limped off after just half-an-hour in the Reds’ Champions League group game with FC Midtjylland during the week.

The Mirror report that a scan has revealed the 27-year-old will be available after November’s international break.

Liverpool are also without their record signing Virgil van Dijk after he suffered an ACL injury from a challenge with Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby earlier this month.

Joel Matip has also been absent since the Everton game leaving Jurgen Klopp with just Joe Gomez as his only fit senior centre-back option.

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The German has called on 19-year-old Williams who spent last season on loan at National League North side Kidderminster Harriers.

And Bent has called on the youngster to take advantage of a rare spell in the first-team.

Bent told Football Insider“Williams, Gomez, Matip these guys are going to have to step up.

“Fabinho is a big loss, especially because he plays in holding midfield and at centre-half. It’s not just his physical presence on the pitch.

“It’s going to be a big, big loss.

“Van Dijk was the one but losing Fabinho as well it means they’re going to have to step up and stake a claim.”

Fabinho has played at centre-back in five of his 10 appearances this season, according to transfermarkt.

Since his arrival on Merseyside from Moncao in 2018, the versatile midfielder has played 90 times for the Premier League champions.

In other news, Paul Robinson has been blown away by Liverpool’s latest signing who he believes is “fantastic”.