Liverpool close in on MK Dons midfielder

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Liverpool have been linked with a move for highly-rated MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, according to the Daily Mirror.

The England U17 international has been earning rave reviews in League One, following a series of impressive performances for Karl Robinson's side this season.

Alli impressed in the MK Dons' FA Cup third round draw with Wigan Athletic on Saturday, a match that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was in attendance for, to make a personal check on the talented teenager.

"I know Brendan quite well and we speak about different players all the time," revealed Robinson. "There may have been another reason why he was at the game today, but you've seen Dele and he's special.

"Yeah, he did some silly things but he's 17 years of age. He did bits of magic too.

"You don't see many 17-year-olds playing in an FA Cup third round against a very good Wigan side and not looking out of place.

"I'm very proud of his development."

Rodgers has a good reputation for nurturing and developing exciting young talent, having promoted a number of the Anfield club's academy players through to the Liverpool first-team during his tenure.

If he is successful in his pursuit of 17-year-old Alli, then it's likely he'll go straight into Liverpool's development squad, before being afforded an opportunity to impress in the senior side.

Alli has made 17 appearances and scored two goals for MK Dons this season, but would have to sacrifice his opportunity for regular football to seal a lucrative move to the Premier League.

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