Exclusive: Darren Bent Wowed by Liverpool rookie as he repeats Sir Alex view
Darren Bent tipped Curtis Jones to dazzle for Liverpool but warned their star players will rest on their laurels if the team is not strengthened this window.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the 13-capped England striker delivered his verdict as Liverpool narrowly beat newly-promoted Leeds United 4-3 on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp has only added full-back Kostas Tsimikas to his squad that won last season’s Premier League by an 18-point margin.
The Reds made just one signing in the January transfer window also, forward Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg.
However, the club have a healthy academy with Curtis Jones introduced from the bench in Saturday’s Premier League opener.
And while Bent was full of praise for the 19-year-old, he still feels Liverpool need to make more signings.
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He told Football Insider: “They brought on Curtis Jones and he looked very good and I think he’s going to be a top, top player in the future.
“But I would like to have seen them bring in a little bit more strength in depth so can they swap quality for quality.
“I know on paper they’re still a very strong team, but I would have loved to have seen them brought in one or two more just to keep those that have the shirt at the moment on their toes, rather than becoming comfortable and resting on their laurels.
“Alex Ferguson always said the best time to strengthen is when you’re on top.”
Saturday was just Jones’ seventh Premier League game for Liverpool and he has played 15 times across all competitions.
The midfielder has scored three goals for his boyhood club including a memorable 20-yard strike in Liverpool’s 1-0 win over city rivals Everton in last season’s FA Cup.
In other news, Football Insider can REVEAL Liverpool are laying the groundwork to sign a forward in January after early talks.