Former Liverpool scout Mel Johnson spoke to reporters today about his time working at Anfield, and opened up about the time when he recommended Dele Alli to the club's hierarchy, only for Tottenham to win the race for the talented midfielder, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
Spurs paid MK Dons just £5 million for the 22-year-old star in January 2015, and that already looks like being an absolute steal.
Liverpool's loss has been Tottenham's gain, with Dele racking up an impressive 48 goals and 41 assists in 155 appearances in all competitions for the north London outfit.
Johnson, who worked as a scout for the Reds up until the summer of 2017, told the Liverpool Echo how he recommended the England international to the club's hierarchy after watching him play for MK Dons when he was just 16-years-old:
"I went to watch MK Dons against Spurs in a pre-season friendly and he really stood out. He was only 16, but must have been about six-foot and was a real box-to-box player already. Dele had an agent who I knew and Gary Waddock, who I’d known for a long time, was MK Dons’ assistant manager – that’s where the networking comes in. I put Dele’s name forward to Liverpool, but someone else went to watch him and the rest is history. I’d have taken him all day long, but Liverpool’s hierarchy disagreed and he went to Spurs."
Liverpool are expected to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title this season, but had they signed Dele three years ago, who's to say that they might not have already won the top flight crown.