Revealed: Liverpool were on the verge of signing world-class no.20

November 19, 2018

Liverpool were one of the many clubs interested in signing Dele Alli from MK Dons, but it was Tottenham Hotspur who won the race to snap up the then promising young midfielder.

Football scout Mel Johnson has admitted the conversations he had with Liverpool about the star and how the Reds missed out on the opportunity to bring him to Anfield.

Speaking to Planet Football, Mel discussed the time he spotted the player for Reds.

“I went to watch MK Dons against Spurs in a pre-season friendly and he really stood out. He was only 16, but must have been about six-foot and was a real box-to-box player already. I put Dele’s name forward to Liverpool, but someone else went to watch him and the rest is history.”

“I’d have taken him all day long, but Liverpool’s hierarchy disagreed and he went to Spurs. Damien [Comolli] had left by then and there was a new regime which was computer and stats-led.”

Mel has worked closely with Reds during his years as a scout, played a key role in deals to land Jordan Ibe from Wycombe and Jordan Henderson from Sunderland.