Liverpool have reportedly yet to make an approach for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent as Brendan Rodgers scours the market for potential January transfer window acquisitions.

Bent has been linked with a move to Liverpool, and speculation over his future continues to mount as his role at Villa Park becomes increasingly limited under new manager Paul Lambert.

Liverpool are in desperate need of reinforcements in their forward department, with Luis Suarez currently the only fit first-team striker available to Rodgers, and the Anfield club's search may yet lead them to Bent.

However, according to ESPN, Liverpool have not made contact with Aston Villa regarding Bent, while the club maintain the England international is not for sale.

Bent joined Aston Villa from Sunderland for £18 million in the January transfer window of 2011, and has since scored 22 goals for the Midlands club.

But his position at Aston Villa is now one open to debate, with both injury and the signing of Christian Benteke limiting his role for much of this season.

Whether or not Liverpool hold a genuine interest in the 28-year-old remains to be seen, but Bent to Anfield has been a transfer speculated for some time.

Bent, however, may fall outside of the concerted youth recruitment plan adopted by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group, who may favour the pursuit of a younger alternative.

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