Big talent… Brendan Rodgers shares strong opinion on Dele Alli

Tottenham's Dele Alli shoots at goal before CSKA Moscow's Igor Akinfeev scores a own goal and the third for Tottenham

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wanted Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli at Liverpool.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the progress of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli to The National.

Rodgers has revealed that he wanted to sign Alli when he was in charge of Liverpool and the youngster was at Milton Keynes Dons.

The former Liverpool and Swansea City boss has praised the England international midfielder for the progress he has made at Spurs.

Brendan Rodgers celebrates

"You can’t say fully, but he was a talent - that’s why we wanted to get him in,” Rodgers told The National when asked for his opinion on Alli’s progress at Tottenham. “He’s a big talent. He’s gone on and progressed very well.

“He’s got a nice coach there in Mauricio Pochettino, who’s given him the chance to flourish and develop, and collectively within the team, he’s flourished very, very well.

“I’m delighted for him, he played a lot of games as a young player in League One and he’s made that jump from League One into the Premier League and as you can see he’s coping very well. And coping on the international stage too.”

Tottenham's Dele Alli

Alli is one of the best young midfielders in the Premier League and is a key figure in the current Tottenham team.

The former MK Dons youngster has scored 10 goals and created 27 chances in 19 league matches for Spurs so far this campaign.

Tottenham are third in the Premier League table at the moment with 42 points from 20 matches.

The North London outfit are seven points behind leaders Chelsea and are very much in the running for the league title.

Spurs will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side will fancy their chances of picking up all three points from the encounter.

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