Report: Rodgers wanted Liverpool to sign Dele Alli, transfer committee vetoed move

Liverpool were hoping to sign Tottenham’s Dele Alli in 2014.

According to a report in the Liverpool Echo, the Reds were close to completing a deal for Dele Alli in 2014, before the infamous transfer committee opted against signing the then MK Dons star.

Alli has established himself in Tottenham’s first-team this season, and he netted his first ever England goal on his first start against France on Tuesday.

He now looks to be a real Premier League star, and at the age of just 19, Alli can only continue to get better and better.

Liverpool were known to be keen admirers of the teenage midfielder when he was still at MK Dons, and this report clarifies that the Merseyside club actually started scouting him when he was just 16, shortly after he made his debut for the Dons in the FA Cup.

Talks started between the two clubs concerning a potential transfer in 2014, and although the asking price for his services started to rise and rise as he became more well-known, then head coach Brendan Rodgers was keen on signing Alli.

He saw talent in the youngster, and was hoping to push through a deal, but the report claims that a deal was vetoed by the infamous Anfield transfer committee.

This committee, who were supposedly behind Rodgers losing his job as head coach, believed that Alli did not represent value for money. It is stated that they believed Alli was not yet ready for Premier League football, and would ‘need another 12 to 18 months to be ready for the demands’ of the top flight.

Liverpool decided not to sign him due to these issues, and instead missed out on their target when Spurs swooped in and agreed to his signing in January 2015. Alli then linked up with the North London club in the summer, and has developed into the star we all see today.

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