By Scott Taylor
Dele Alli has emerged as a transfer target for Premier League side Liverpool. Alli has previously been linked to the Reds in recent seasons, but it seems that Liverpool’s interest in the MK Dons midfielder is strong and genuine and will come in for an improved offer after seeing their £3.5 million bid rejected for the midfielder in last summer’s transfer window.
Alli, 18, is the latest young midfielder to be linked with a move to Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers showed interest in bringing in Real Madrid’s Jack Harper and Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans. The midfielder has been targeted by the Reds as a possible January signing will be loaned back to his current side MK Dons for the rest of the season.
Since making his debut as a sixteen year old in the 2012/13 season, Alli has gone on to make 56 appearances for the Dons, scoring 14 goals in the process. His last six goals have come in twelve appearances this year, showing that if required Alli can bring goals from an area of the pitch whose main job is not to score goals. This in includes a hat-trick against Crewe, which contributed to him being awarded the Football League Young Player of the Month in August, as people are starting to recognise the talent that Alli has. In his first ten League One games this season, Alli has either scored or assisted a goal according to proud manager Karl Robinson.
Like other young starlets that Liverpool have showed interest in, Alli has represented his country at youth level. The 18-year-old has played for England at Under 17, Under 18 and more recently Under 19 level, making a combined 12 appearances overall. Alli also signed a three-year-deal at the start of the season meaning that the Reds will have to pay big if they want to land their target man. The Metro are already reporting that Liverpool have increased their bid up to £8m, make of it as you will.
Interestingly, Alli is a Liverpool fan and his hero is no other than Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who many have tipped him to replace in the future.