A report in the Daily Mail has revealed that Liverpool DID try to sign Dele Alli from MK Dons last ear, but missed out to Spurs because they failed to dig a little deeper for an attractive contract.
Alli has taken the Premier League by storm so far, playing a key part in Tottenham’s title bid by hitting five goals in 25 appearances following his £5million move from the then League One club last year.
And despite only linking up with the club over the summer, he has already been rewarded with a new £25,000-per-week contract for his progress under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was keen on signing the teenager, and has revealed how close the club came to bringing him on board, only for the club to refuse to stump up more than £4,000-per-week for his services.
“The young boy Alli has stepped up really, really well. He is fantastic,” Brendan Rodgers said on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme.
“We thought we had him at Liverpool – I spoke to him with his adoptive parents.
“Karl Robinson, the manager of MK Dons, drove him down to us. They played a game on the Saturday, we were playing West Ham on the Sunday and we were in contact with Dele. It was all above board, I was speaking to Karl.
“Karl has done a brilliant job with him, playing him in different positions, educating him on the game and Karl had actually come on to me and said, “listen, I’ve got a player Brendan, I think he is going to be fantastic. I’d love to see him at Liverpool.
“We watched him, looked at him and then I spent a couple hours in a hotel room with him, he wanted to come to Liverpool. It was just then about getting the deal done with the club and unfortunately it never got done but at that point, that Saturday evening, we thought we had him in, it was done,’ Rodgers added.
“He stayed on then, the deal didn’t get done between the clubs and eventually he went to Tottenham, which was frustrating and disappointing really.”
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