Former Liverpool CEO Reveals Dele Alli Was 'Too Expensive' for Reds Prior to Joining Tottenham

Lee Grocott
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Liverpool's former  chief executive officer Ian Ayre has revealed that  the club had the opportunity to sign Dele Alli from MK Dons prior to the player joining Spurs, but the club felt the price was too high for the youngster.


The 18-year-old signed for Tottenham in 2015 for £5m, despite meeting with former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to discuss a possible move to Anfield.  Ayre, speaking at a lecture, as quoted by ​ESPN, explained that at the time the club didn't feel Alli was worth the fee and that they didn't want to take the risk.

He said: "There was interest in the player, but where it got to was that the demands at that time were not fitting to what he had achieved at that point. 

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"We didn't feel the player matched that demand. It's easy to sit and say: 'Look what you could have bought,' but how many players could you apply the reverse of that to? That's the truth." 


Liverpool undeniably regret the decision not to sign the midfielder two years ago after a fantastic season for Tottenham this year under thriving manager Mauricio Pochettino. 


Alli has surpassed all expectation with a desire on the pitch like no other. The 21-year-old has 16 goals in 30 Premier League appearances this season, which is more than any Liverpool player.

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Jurgen Klopp would presumably love a player like Dele Alli in his current side. The Reds haven't necessarily  struggled getting goals this season with Coutinho, Firmino and Mane scoring 31 between them but centre of midfield has certainly been without passion. 


Jordan Henderson has been sidelined for most of the season and James Milner has had to fill the gaping hole at left-back, leaving Jurgen Klopp short of options through the middle.



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