By ’Tayo Amosu
October 9, 2014
When an English Premier League team beats its rivals to the signing of a very much coveted rising star, it is always a case of ‘finders keepers, losers weepers’.
Such is the case of Milton Keynes Dons 18-year-old midfielder, Bamidele Jermaine Alli, whose signature Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly lost to Liverpool.
Alli has been receiving a lot of applause with his performances at MK Dons, so much that he has been dubbed the ‘English Messi’ and he is set to seal a deal worth £8m with Liverpool.
The deal will be officially announced on the 1st of January 2015, and many Anfield faithful are looking forward to that announcement.
Alli was part of that MK Dons team that eliminated Manchester United in the League Cup (Capital One Cup) this season forming a good combination with Arsenal’s on loan striker, Benik Afobe.
Alli joined the youth system at MK Dons when he was 11 years old and had since seen his career rise with eye catching performances for the club.
In 2012, the exciting player made his debut for the first team at a tender age of 16 years old against Cambridge City in the FA Cup and scored his first goal in the return leg fixture where his team won 6-1.
Alli broke into the MK Dons first team on a regular basis in the 2013/2014 football season and since then, the player had scored a number of goals for his current employers one of which is a screamer against Coventry City at the Sixfields stadium.
He struck a thunderous volley from 25 yards out as MK Dons defeated Coventry, 2-1.
August this year also saw a spectacular performance of this lad in the Capital One cup against Manchester United and even scored after the 4-0 embarrassment delved on Manchester United, against Crawley Town.
This is an interesting piece of news for Liverpool who unleashed Raheem Sterling on the English Premier League opponents about 2 seasons ago with similar age.
Alli under Brendan Rogers would see a lot of action as the manager is known to boost the confidence of youngsters and turn them to superstars.
Liverpool under Brendan Rogers were very impressive last season almost clinching the English Premier League title coming second on the log behind Manchester City, the eventual Champions.
A major factor responsible for the successful run last term is the Sturridge and Suarez (SAS) connection and the linking midfielders such as Filipe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Stephen Gerrard and Raheem Sterling but this season, the absence of Suarez through a departure to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge through injury has had an effect on the potency of the Liverpool attack this summer.
The signing of Mario Balotelli from AC Milan and Rickie Lambert from Southampton hasn’t really alleviated the goal scoring problem and now the manager, Brendan Rogers would look to bring in an enforcer with a semblance of Messi to help improve the teams outlook.
Another major worry for the Merseyside club is the threat of losing Raheem Sterling, who is said to be attracting interests from French Champions, Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
That may be the reason why Alli is being arranged and prepared to take up Sterling’s role at Liverpool.