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Liverpool transfer target Alli compared to Steven Gerrard

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Liverpool could be recruiting the next Steven Gerrard if they move clinch a deal for Dele Alli, according to MK Dons manager Karl Robinson, who waxed lyrical about the teenager following a hat-trick in the defeat of Notts County.

Alli is likely to be a transfer target for a number of clubs during the summer period as he continues to perform to distinction for the Dons, with his treble in the 3-1 victory over Notts County the latest in a long line of impressive displays.

The midfielder, who does not turn 18 until the end of April, is reported to be on the radar of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as he makes plans to freshen his squad at the end of the season, and the Reds could be about to sign quite a player indeed.

“You forget how young he is and he’s going to be up there with Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen,” Robinson told reporters.

“I’ve been telling everyone how unique he is for ages.

“What can’t he do? He’s good in the air, he’s quick, he scores goals, he tackles, what much more do you want from a midfield player?”

Liverpool are reported to have scouted Ali on a number of occasions this season, with Rodgers in attendance for the defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup in order to cast his own eye on the England under-17 international.

Ali made his Dons debut as a 16-year-old in November 2012, and has already made almost 30 appearances in League One before his 18th birthday.

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