Date: 6th January 2014 at 11:50am
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Liverpool are being linked with a move for Mk Dons midfielder Dele Alli according to reports in the Mirror.

The 17-year old midfielder has been dubbed a “special” player by his current manager Karl Robinson. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers watched Alli play in the FA Cup on Saturday as MK Dons drew with Wigan. It is not 100% clear if Rodgers was there to purely watch Alli or there was another reason he was at that game.

Karl Robinson revealed: “I know Brendan quite well and we speak about different players all the time.

“There may have been another reason why he was at the game today, but you’ve seen Dele and he’s special. Yeah, he did some silly things but he’s 17 years of age. He did bits of magic too.

“You don’t see many 17-year-olds playing in an FA Cup third round against a very good Wigan side and not looking out of place.

“I’m very proud of his development.”

Central midfield is one area Liverpool need strengthening this January as we only have Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson and Allen filling in there. Signing a player like Alli in January will not solve our immediate midfield requirements as Alli is clearly not ready to be thrust into the first team in the Premier League. But he would certainly be a good signing for the future.

It is all well and good in Liverpool buying young 17-year old players with the aim of using them in the future but for now we need to be bringing in players who can make an instant impact on the starting eleven as we look to finish in the top four and have a good FA Cup run.