By Darren Bent

19th Nov, 2019 | 7:00pm

Exclusive: Darren Bent raves over 'Powerful' Liverpool star giving Klopp headache on int'l duty

Darren Bent claims that Liverpool and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is giving Jurgen Klopp a headache when it comes to his decisions for the starting XI.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England hitman says that the 26-year-old is looking better than ever, having bounced back from a serious injury which kept him sidelined nearly all of last season.

The 33-cap international has four goals in 14 Liverpool appearances this term, while he netted his sixth goal for the Three Lions against Montenegro last week.

Bent says that with the former Arsenal man going from strength to strength this season, he is causing Klopp a real dilemma to try and fit him into one of twos starting midfield spots at Anfield.

Bent told Football Insider: “He’s playing really well. Klopp must be thinking: ‘How am I going to get him in?’

“It’s not even really that hard to get him in the team. I think Fabinho plays that holding role really well and I do think there’s two places up for grabs.

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“With his performances at the minute, I think he’s fully deserved to be playing. For England right now, he’s got to be one of their main men in midfield. Somehow he looks better now and more powerful than before he got injured. He was playing really well and he’s come back and looks even better.” 

Oxlade-Chamberlain has the likes of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Naby Keita to battle with for a place in the starting XI, Fabinho almost guaranteed a place due to his defensive capabilities.

The Premier League table-toppers return to league action with a trip to Crystal Palace, before welcoming Napoli in the Champions League.

In other Liverpool news, Paul Robinson is certain a “top player” will break into the senior squad at Anfield.