Bent's name was on a list of potential targets for the Reds as they browsed the transfer market for a player to take some of the burden off Fernando Torres.
Ajax star Luis Suarez tops the list and director of football strategy Damien Comolli revealed England international Bent was ruled out as the Anfield hierarchy did not think he could form a potent partnership with World Cup winner Torres.
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'We thought of him (Bent), but we looked at his profile and thought that he would not be very complementary to Fernando Torres,' said Comolli.
'He is a player who is, as the English say, a lone wolf. He needs to play alone in attack.'
Suarez could still check in at Anfield before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month and Comolli insists high-profile players have not been put off by the Reds' struggles this season.
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A miserable run led to the departure of manager Roy Hodgson - with Kenny Dalglish taking over - and the club lie in the bottom half of the Premier League.
But Comolli said: 'I am surprised in a way, given our results, the number of top-level players who want to join us. They say that Liverpool is an attractive club and most are also telling me "You've had a bad season, but you won't have two".'
And the 38-year-old insists cash is there for the likes of Suarez.
He said: 'There is no more debt. The owners are willing to invest, there is plenty of money.'
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