Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool were close to signing Tottenham’s Dele Alli

Brendan Rodgers lifted the lid on Liverpool's attempts to sign Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Liverpool were close to signing Dele Alli before the midfielder joined Tottenham Hotspur.

The newly-fledged England international has been one of the Premier League’s surprise packages this season after the 19-year-old move to Tottenham from MK Dons in a £5m deal in the summer transfer window.

I spent a couple of hours with him in a hotel room and he wanted to come to Liveprool

Brendan Rodgers

Alli, who scored his first England goal in a 2-0 victory over France at Wembley in November, has already netted five times and has made three assists in 20 Premier League games for Tottenham so far this season.

However, Rodgers, who was in charge of Liverpool between 2012 and 2015, revealed that he spent several hours in a hotel room talking to Alli but the Reds couldn’t agree a deal with MK Dons.

“I spoke to him with his adoptive parents. Karl Robinson, the manager of MK Dons, drove him down to us,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.

“They played a game on Saturday, we were playing at West Ham on Sunday. We had contact with Dele and we were speaking with Karl. It was all above aboard.

“Karl said he had a player who would be fantastic and he wanted him to go to Liverpool. I spent a couple of hours with him in a hotel room and he wanted to come to Liveprool.

“It was just about getting a deal done with the club but unfortunately it never got done.

“The deal wasn’t done between the two clubs and he went to Tottenham which was disappointing and frustrating.”

Earlier this season, former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard questioned the five-time European champions’s failure to sign the rising Tottenham star.

“I was surprised, actually disappointed, Liverpool didn’t sign him,” Gerrard told BT Sport.

“I thought he was certainly a player that Liverpool might have tried to go for.

MORE: The latest Tottenham news and views

MORE: The latest Tottenham player tweets

“Especially with me coming to the end, he was a player that I could see playing for Liverpool for 10 or 15 years. He has that ability.”

MORE: The latest Liverpool news and views

MORE: The latest Liverpool player tweets

Alli is expected to face Leicester City in their FA Cup third-round replay at King Power Stadium mid-week.


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Friendly rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer celebrate ‘the great memories we shared’
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Diego Costa reacts to Michy Batshuayi’s display for Chelsea v Watford
The Sport Review
Owen Hargreaves: Man United star is the best in the world
The Sport Review
Alexis Sanchez: What I really think about Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal