Alli has been a hit for Spurs this season.

Dele Alli wanted to join Liverpool and not Tottenham - Brendan Rodgers

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Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli told him he wanted to join the Reds.

The former MK Dons ace was courted by Liverpool last year but eventually moved to White Hart Lane in a deal worth around £5 million.

Alli has been a roaring success in his first season at Spurs, featuring in the Premier League 20 times while scoring five goals - and also making his England debut.

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Thanks in part to Alli's performances, Tottenham currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League, with Liverpool eight points back ahead of their showdown against Manchester United this afternoon - a game the 19-year-old could have been playing in had things worked out differently.

"The young boy Alli has stepped up really, really well. He is fantastic," the former Liverpool boss said.  "We thought we had him at Liverpool - I spoke to him with his adoptive parents.

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"Karl Robinson, the actual manager of MK Dons, drove him down to us. They played a game on the Saturday, we were playing West Ham on the Sunday and we were in contact with Dele.

"It was all above board, I was speaking to Karl. Karl has done a brilliant job with him, playing him in different positions, educating him on the game and Karl had actually come on to me and said, "Listen, I've got a player Brendan, I think he is going to be fantastic. I'd love to see him at Liverpool. We watched him, looked at him and then I spent a couple hours in a hotel room with him.

"He wanted to come to Liverpool. It was just then about getting the deal done with the club and unfortunately it never got done but at that point, that Saturday evening, we thought we had him in, it was done. He stayed on then, the deal didn't get done between the clubs and eventually he went to Tottenham, which was frustrating and disappointing really."

Alli was recently rewarded for his fine start to the season with a brand new five-and-a-half year contract at Tottenham, worth a reported £20,000-per-week.

Rodgers paid for Liverpool's slow start to the season with his job, however his successor, Jurgen Klopp, has failed to make much progress. The Reds go into their game against Manchester United this afternoon down in ninth place, with eight points separating them from Spurs.

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