Darren Bent has suggested that Liverpool midfielder James Milner may have wound up his teammates with his behaviour over the international break.

The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he loved seeing the 34-year-old in the crowd for the FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury but wonders whether other Reds stars were as impressed.

No senior players featured at Anfield for the 1-0 win, Jurgen Klopp also choosing to stay away during what was the Premier League’s winter break, but Milner was spotted in the stands watching on.

Bent, who insists that Klopp should have been on Merseyside to support the young side, says turning up at Anfield looked good for the midfielder but may have rubbed others in the squad up the wrong way.

“I liked it, it was brilliant professionalism but I just wonder what some of the other teammates were thinking when he was there,” Bent told Football Insider.

“It’s kind of like: ‘I’m here doing this while you guys are on your own, doing whatever you’re doing, I’m here supporting the guys.’ I loved it, I loved him being there, watching the young kids, being in the dressing room and helping them out. 

“I do wonder what some of his teammates were thinking.” 

Liverpool, who put out their youngest team in their history with an average age of just over 19, won the game 1-0, setting up a tie against Chelsea in the next round.

Meanwhile, in the Premier League, the Reds sit 25 points clear at the top of the table after Sadio Mane’s winner against Norwich City.

In other Liverpool news, a former Premier League defender has tipped Klopp’s men to sign an Aston Villa star.