By Darren Bent

10th Nov, 2019 | 8:00pm

Exclusive: Bent head over heels for 'Cynical' Man City star who he rates above Liverpool rival

Darren Bent revealed he rated Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho above his Liverpool equivalent Fabinho at this current time.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa forward shared that he thought both Fabinho and Fernandinho were both very good players, but he prefered how the Man City star was when on the ball.

Fernandinho and Fabinho went head to head when Liverpool met Man City on Sunday and the Reds midfielder scored a goal to help his side achieve a 3-1 victory.

The Brazilian’s goal on Sunday was only his second for the Reds, with his last goal coming just under a year ago as he struck in the 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

Bent acknowledged that it was a close call when it comes to deciding who is the better midfield enforcer out of the two, but did suggest the Man City star was better at sensing danger than his rival.

When asked who he prefers out of Fernandinho and Fabinho, Bent told Football Insider: “I do like Fernandinho, don’t get me wrong I do like Fabinho too, but I don’t know why but I like Fernandinho on the ball a little bit more.

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“I think he senses danger a little bit better and also as well… I mean they can both be cynical at times, but listen it’s chalk and cheese which everyone you prefer as they’re both very good.

“But for me, right now, personally Fernandinho just edges it a little bit.”

Fernandinho has been at Man City since 2013 after joining from Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk and has racked up 285 appearances for the Citizens so far.

Whereas Fabinho has only been at Anfield since 2018 after Liverpool signed from AS Monaco, and he has managed to featured 58 times for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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