Liverpool linked teen will be as good as Gerrard, says current boss

Dele Alli scored his first career hat-trick last night. The Newcastle, Chelsea and Arsenal linked youngster has received high praise from MK Dons boss Karl Robinson.

The Football League is certainly a hotbed of talent for the Barclays Premier League - the likes of Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain firs instance started their careers as youngsters in League One.

And now another young player from the third tier of English football is grabbing all the headlines.

Last year saw several Premier League teams linked with MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli.

Chelsea were after him in November, Arsenal and Newcastle United in January as were Liverpool - in fact The Reds are believed to be the front-runners for the 17-year-old’s talented services.

The marauding maestro had caught the eye with a handful of impressive performances - but is now a regular in the Dons side.

And recently he has been outstanding - including last night, when he scored his first ever career hat-trick.

The England under-17 international scored in the 3rd, 55th and 90th minute of the Dons 3-1 win against Notts County at Meadow Lane.

After the game he was understandably thrilled at his own performance - while also maintaining he is not getting above his station just yet:

“I’ve got the match ball and I’ll get all the players to sign it. I’ll put it on the shelf forever. I’ve never felt like this. I’m speechless. I’ve got family who keep my feet on the ground, and the players here help me do that too. I’m not letting it go to my head, I’m just playing as well as I can, training hard and hopefully that’ll get me as far as I can.”

But while he is not letting the superlatives get to his head - his manager sure doesn’t mind churning the out.

Karl Robinson called him potentially the best player to ever play in an MK Dons shirt after a recent display against Swindon Town - and he didn’t stop last night.

As he said he will be up there with Steven Gerrard in the years to come:

“He was smiling from ear to ear at the end of the game. You forget how young he is and he’s going to be up there with Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen. I’ve been telling everyone how unique he is for ages. What can’t he do? He’s good in the air, he’s quick, he scores goals, he tackles, what much more do you want from a midfield player?

If he keeps playing like this than Liverpool might just see him as their long-term Gerrard replacement after all.

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