Darren Bent has applauded Liverpool for reportedly securing a buy-back clause for new Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster.

The former Tottenham and England forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the 20-year-old was a long way down the pecking order at Anfield but that he could still have a future on Merseyside.

Sky Sports reported that Liverpool sold the young forward for a fee of £23.5million and had included a buy-back clause after the Reds confirmed his move on Friday.

He managed to play just four times for the Premier League champions during a five-year spell, while he also spent time out on loan at Swansea City.

Bent admits he could not see a way into the senior side for Brewster but insists that the inclusion of a buy-back in the terms of the transfer was smart business.

Asked if he was surprised Liverpool let Brewster leave, Bent told Football Insider: “I am but you start thinking when’s he going to get his game time? You’ve got a talented youngster there.

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“It’s well played Jurgen Klopp because I think they’ve got a buy-back clause on him, that’s well played because I think Liverpool believe in him and they do like him but it’s just where does he fit in?

“You look at the attacking options that they’ve got – they’ve got the front three that are the front three – Mane, Salah, Firmino – then behind them they’ve got Minamino, Shaqiri, Jota, that’s the backup three, then you throw in Brewster after that.

“You’re effectively talking six players ahead of you.” 

Brewster failed to score in his four appearances for Liverpool but he did strike 11 times in 22 games for Swansea during his loan spell in Wales.

He was unable to play against Arsenal on Sunday but could make his Sheffield United debut versus Fulham after the international break.

In other Liverpool news, Danny Mills drops Salah claim after Tottenham star agrees 20/21 exit.