Dele Alli was so close to leaving Stadium MK for Liverpool instead

first_img Alli scored for England at the World Cup 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The deal was so good, the White Hart Lane faithful even have a song for it, which includes him being hailed as better than Mesut Ozil.But they almost didn’t have him, as Brendan Rodgers explained in 2016.Alli grew up supporting Liverpool and loved Steven Gerrard so the club managed to get him, Karl Robinson, his MK Dons manager as well as his parents up to the city to talk about a possible transfer.“We thought we had him at Liverpool,” Rodgers said.“The manager of MK Dons actually drove him down to us. They played a game on the Saturday and we were playing West Ham on the Sunday.“We’d had contact with Dele, it was all above board, I was speaking with Karl Robinson and I spoke to Dele and his adoptive parents. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Dele Alli started his career at MK Dons, making his debut at the age of 16 in 2012 no dice Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions impact “Karl did really well with him and he came to me and said: ‘I’ve got a really exciting player, I’d love to see him at Liverpool’.“I spent a couple of hours in a hotel room with him and he wanted to come to Liverpool. It was all about getting the deal done with the club but unfortunately it never got done.“On Saturday evening we thought it had got done but eventually he went to Tottenham, which was frustrating and disappointing. He’s done really well there.” huge blow BEST OF Tottenham v Watford is live on talkSPORT 2 at 20:00 on Wednesday 26 September hereSpurs return to where they committed one of the steals of the century when they host high flying Watford at Stadium MK.It’s here, the home MK Dons, where Dele Alli made his way in professional football as he began the ascent from League One to the Premier League and eventually England international.And all he cost was £5million. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 3 silverware Alli joined Tottenham in 2015 and has scored 38 Premier League goals in 111 games Spurs got the deal for Alli done in January 2015, but loaned him back to MK Dons for the rest of the season.Discussing the transfer with Football Focus in 2016, Alli said he did travel to Merseyside and was told he’d meet Gerrard.“At the time when I was at MK there was contact with Liverpool before I signed for Tottenham, but that was before we’d even spoke to Tottenham,” he said. “I think it was six months before.“We went up there and I think they knew that Steven Gerrard was my hero, so they said he was going to come down to meet me, but when I got there he was asleep apparently.“I think he had a game the next day though so I understand.”Finishing the season in Milton Keynes in 2015, he helped the club win promotion to the Championship and was named the Football League Young Player of the Year.“I was sad when I left but I knew it had to be done. It was a decision I made and to come into the Premier League, to come to Tottenham… I haven’t looked back since,” he told tottenhamhotspur.com.In his first season at Spurs his performances, where he scored 10 goals, won him the PFA Young Player of the Year award, which he picked up again the following year. In between came his first England cap and goal – a bloody good one at that – and he has since become a regular in the national team and scored in a World Cup quarter-final.Basically, he hasn’t done too badly for himself.Tottenham v Watford is live on talkSPORT 2 at 20:00 on Wednesday 26 September here Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Most popular football news RANKED REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img

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