Time for Liverpool to snap up the Belgian Dele Alli, Youri Tielemans?

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As an alternative to Leeds United's Lewis Cook, Youri Tielemans is an option who is even more highly rated who Liverpool should take a look at.

Liverpool were this week linked with signing highly rated Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook, by The Star.

Cook is an excellent prospect, who as we wrote this week, could go on to emulate Joe Gomez by stepping up from the Championship to win a place in the Liverpool first team straight away.

There is an equally, if not more talented alternative Liverpool could consider, who would be available at a similar if not cheaper price than the £10 million speculated for Cook.

Youri Tielemans

Tielemans plays for Anderlecht and has been making waves in Europe since making his Champions League debut at just 16.

He is a central midfielder who can play in a defensive role, but is more accomplished in attack than Cook is, and more experienced thanks to playing in top level competition.

Tielemans has been on the radar of top clubs ever since making his debut, while Manchester United were linked by The Mail last month.

At just 18, Tieleman's box-to-box ability makes Dele Alli of Tottenham a more natural comparison than Cook, and like the former MK Dons talent, he is not a secret unheard of talent, in fact one who is very well thought of.

Like the surprising way it took a top club so long to pounce on Alli, Tielemans remaining at Anderlecht remains somewhat of a surprise.

Liverpool may be kicking themselves over failing to sign the Tottenham ace, but they can erase that disappointment by becoming the envy of Europe if they show the nous to snap up Tielemans.

The youngster turns 19 in May, and is considered an elite talent, the sort who could benefit hugely from extra direction from Reds coach Jurgen Klopp.

In a recent Anderlecht win over Tottenham in the Europa League, he completed 100 per cent of his passes, while he has four goals in 19 games in all competitions this season.

On the brink of the Belgian national team, Tielemans already has 106 senior appearances to his name for Anderlecht despite his young age.

For Liverpool he is a player worth investing in, and if prices work out similar to bringing in Cook from Leeds, depending on the club's preference to sign an English player for quota reasons, Tielemans may turn out to be a preferable choice.

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