Why MK Dons star Dele Alli would be right to choose Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers

After reports that a deal is close it is easy to see why the teen prodigy has opted for the Reds ahead of the likes of Manchester City.

According to the Daily Mail MK Dons starlet Dele Alli is poised to sign for Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers ratified a £3.5 million move for his services.

 

The Merseysiders are believed to have already begun negotiations for the 18-year-old midfielder.

 

The deal could end up costing Liverpool a total of £8 million and if it does go through they would have beaten off competition from Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

 

Ali, who made his debut at 16, boasts some impressive stats following last season when he made 37 appearances and scored 7 goals.

 

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has previously praised his protege: "He is one of the most gifted 17-year-olds this country has ever seen.

"I've said from the word go, he's as good as it gets and he's the best young player I've ever worked with."

If the reports are to be believed then Ali appears to be basing his decision on the fact that at Anfield he will have the best opportunity of making first-team football at the elite level of top flight English football.

Aside from the fact that Liverpool are now serious Premier League contenders and participants in the forthcoming Champions League, the attraction of seeing young British talent being given the chance to play regularly must be obvious.

Ali will have noted the rise of Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson to name two players who support Rodgers' mantra that if you're good enough at Liverpool, age is not an issue.

In fact the younger you are the more likely it is to be in your favour as the manager believes that is when hunger and energy are at their most abundant.

Manchester City and Chelsea do not have great reputations with bringing in through youth while Manchester United are currently experiencing a transitional period.

That leaves Arsenal who could provide Ali with the platform to shine, but perhaps the feeling that Arsene Wenger is merely content to finish in the top four every season and win the odd domestic cup does not match up with the teenager's ambition.

How good Ali can be is of course entirely up to him but under Rodgers' guidance and the institution that is Liverpool Football Club, the world would truly be at his feet.

Who knows, Sterling may even have to eventually look over his shoulder.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch