Exclusive: Bent baffled by Klopp's 'odd' use of Liverpool player who can 'unlock doors'

Darren Bent was left baffled by where Jurgen Klopp opted to play Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa attacker shared that he thought it was odd that Klopp was utilising Lallana as a No.6 as he was better suited to a more attacking role.

Lallana was handed a rare Premier League start against Dean Smith’s side and played 84th minutes of the game before being replaced by Naby Keita.

Bent admitted that the 31-year-old attacking midfielder should have scored during his side’s 2-1 win over the Villans, but did make clear he thought Lallana was a player capable of being a threat going forward.

When asked whether it was odd that Lallana appeared to play as No.6 against Villa, Bent told Football Insider: “It’s an odd role, he missed a guilt-edged chance in that game really, great ball across the box and he kind of fluffed it.

“I really like when Lallana is playing wide or playing in the No.10 role as he has quality and two really good feet, I really don’t like him defensively playing there.

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“As I think Liverpool have some really good players in there, Fabinho, Naby Keita and even Jordan Henderson if he is asked to play there so I think Lallana playing as a deep midfield holding player…I don’t think that’s his role.

“I’d like to see him further forward as he has the technical ability to unlock doors that some others can’t as he can play with both feet.”


Lallana has played eight times across all competitions for Klopp’s side this season and has scored one goal as well as assisted one in the process.

The Reds midfielder has been at Anfield since 2014 after joining from Southampton but is only currently contracted to stay with the club until the end of the season.

In other Liverpool news, Danny Mills believes this Reds player is set for an extended spell on the sidelines.