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Liverpool chiefs Dalglish, Comolli pushing for Villa's Bent

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is chasing Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. The Daily Mail says the England international came off the bench to play a pivotal role in Villa's 3-1 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday - setting up Stilian Petrov for the second goal before scoring the decisive third himself.

However, he has grown unsettled at Villa following a summer of change and a succession of niggly injuries. He expressed his frustration at the lack of service he was getting from his team-mates and incurred the wrath of fans by missing Villa's 2-0 home defeat against Liverpool, opting to go Christmas shopping instead.

Bent has a lot of admirers at Anfield, not least director of football Damien Comolli, who helped take him to Tottenham from Charlton for £16.5m in 2007. He also has a good relationship with ex-Villa team-mate Stewart Downing and the other members of the England contingent at Liverpool. understands Liverpool made a first enquiry about Bent's situation last Friday.

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