Exclusive: Bent claims Tottenham 23y/o is capable of 'walking straight' into the Liverpool team

Darren Bent claimed that Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is capable of walking straight into Liverpool’s team when at the peak of his powers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international backed the 23-year-old Spurs midfielder to be good enough to feature for Liverpool ahead of the two sides clashing.

Alli has played six times for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season, scoring one goal in the process, and missed out on Gareth Southgate’s most recent England squad.

The attacking midfielder has had injury problems in recent times with a hamstring injury already causing him to be stuck on the sidelines for 20 days this season.

Bent insisted that Alli would have to be at his best and display the form he showcased in previous seasons to be good enough to feature for the Reds but if he did, then he’d be a player who’d benefit Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“On his day, when at his best Dele Alli is capable of walking straight into Liverpool’s team,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“The Dele Alli who was scoring goals and getting assists consistently is more than capable of being a player who’d benefit their team.”

Alli signed for Spurs in February 2015 from MK Dons and has made a grand total of 190 appearances for the London club.

The 23-year-old nearly ended up signing for Liverpool instead of Tottenham with previous Reds manager Brendan Rodgers claiming that the club thought they had won the race to get his services from MK Dons.

In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills tips Pochettino to hand one Tottenham player a rare start against Liverpool.