LFC could’ve transformed £46.8m-rated “freak of a talent”, Gerrard wishes he’d signed – opinion

Lately, there seems to be very few decisions that the Liverpool board get wrong when it comes to incoming and outgoing personnel. Take their sale of Philippe Coutinho that in turn bought them both Virgil van Dijk and Alisson without spending a penny of the club’s actual money.

Even the somewhat out of character £41million splurged on fringe forward Diogo Jota, who has already proven to be worth his price tag this season. So it comes across as odd that the Merseyside club wouldn’t take advantage of the bargain that was Dele Alli back in 2015.

The Reds were keen on the young MK Dons midfielder, who eventually signed for Tottenham Hotspur, for the slight fee of £5million. He may not have fit the bill five years ago, but Liverpool could have transformed Alli into a completely different player had they snapped him up.

Would Dele Alli have suited Liverpool?

With Brendan Rodgers at the hilt during Alli’s transfer, it’s arguable that he wouldn’t have fit the Irishman’s playing style. Stalwart Coutinho was often deployed either on the left wing or in attacking midfield. When on the left flank, Rodgers played a very flat midfield that wouldn’t have suited Alli.

Similarly, the Englishman wouldn’t have had a space in the team during Coutinho’s spells in the No.10 position either. Through this, Liverpool missed out on bagging a fine young talent and a player that Steven Gerrard was a huge fan of.

Dele Alli celebrates Tottenhams win at the Etihad Stadium - LFC could've transformed £46.8m-rated "freak of a talent", Gerrard wishes he'd signed – opinion

“I was actually disappointed Liverpool didn’t sign him,” the former captain said (via SportsJOE). “I thought he was certainly a player Liverpool might have tried to go for, especially with me coming toward the end.”

Indeed, Alli’s work ethic shone through during his opening seasons in north London. His best campaign came in 2016/17, tallying a superb 18 goals and nine assists in 37 Premier League appearances. He finished the term off with a grand total of 35 goal contributions for Spurs (via Transfermarkt).

It warranted comments from the likes of Darren Anderton, who labelled him a “freak of talent” back in 2017.

Klopp could have transformed Alli

As the Jose Mourinho era started at Tottenham, Alli’s career began to decline. The 24-year-old has been dropped on numerous occasions this season after failing to deliver his usual fiery performances. Clearly falling down the pecking order, the England international could be wondering how different his career would’ve been had Liverpool decided to come in for him.

Under Jurgen Klopp, Alli might have been inspired to perform better and more consistently with the ongoing promise of a title challenge. The Reds have raked in the silverware over the last two years, which will be difficult for a young player not to be envious of. It will sting even more knowing that he could’ve been celebrating with the team had decisions not taken him to Spurs.

Klopp would have also reined in his equally fiery attitude. The £46.8m-valued ace is known for his sideline strops, with a recent one coming following being subbed off against RB Leipzig earlier this year. Whether it’s viewed as raw passion or a bit of entitlement, it’s something you don’t often see in the Reds ranks.

Not only would Klopp have catered the team to Alli’s skillset, but he would have completely moulded his attitude to suit the Liverpool ethics. This goes down as a huge ‘what if…?’ for both the player and the club.

In other news, Gini Wijnaldum went under the radar with solid performance vs West Ham…

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