John Aldridge slams Liverpool for failing to sign Dele Alli

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Liverpool’s transfer policy has come under fire in recent years for their numerous poor signings.

Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli and Iago Aspas are just three examples of transfer disasters in windows over the previous few seasons.

It was reported that the so-called ‘transfer committee’ made all of the decisions in the transfer market and it consisted of a group of five men: Brendan Rodgers, chief executive Ian Ayre, the head of recruitment Dave Fallows, chief scout Barry Hunter and director of technical performance Michael Edwards.


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While many of their signings have been criticised, club legend John Aldridge believes their biggest mistake was failing to secure the services of Dele Alli.

The 19-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in January 2015 before eventually signing for Spurs.

The midfielder has been magnificent this campaign, playing an important role in Spurs’ unlikely title charge and is highly likely to be included in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the European Championships in the summer.

"Dele Alli is going to be a star - make no mistake about that," Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

"I baulk at the fact that Liverpool had this kid and let him go.

"We’ve bought so many inept players over the last few years for so much money and you look at what we turned away, it really hurts me to see."

Aldridge added: "The kid wanted to play for Liverpool, he was a fan who loved Steven Gerrard when he was younger. He had a manager at MK Dons in Karl Robinson who was keen for him to go to Liverpool.

"So to miss out on him and to now see what he’s doing for Spurs and for England, it is hard to take.

"You can see what a player he’ll become, he can play in so many different positions,” he concluded.

It’s believed that the American owners at Liverpool regarded Alli as a hot prospect and were only willing to pay him accordingly - about £4,000-per-week.

Alli, understandably, refused this and opted to move to White Hart Lane for just £5 million.

Whilst appearing on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football in January, former manager Rodgers admitted that the club believed that they had captured the services of Alli only for the Spurs to trump them.

"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 said, per the Daily Mail.

"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.”

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