Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy says Dele Alli made the right decision by rejecting Liverpool in favour of Tottenham Hotspur when leaving MK Dons in 2015.
The 22-year-old England player signed a new contract with Mauricio Pochettino’s side earlier this week and has proven himseld one of the Premier League’s finest attacking and most talented midfielders during his three years in North London.
Alli has made 153 appearances and 48 goals during his time with Spurs cementing his place as one of Gareth Southgate’s star players for England in the process.
But he was also a boyhood Reds fan who grew up idolising Steven Gerrard and was almost inevitably linked with a move to Anfield before agreeing a move to Tottenham.
And former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder Murphy has controversially claimed Alli might not have progressed as much had he moved to Merseyside instead report the Liverpool Echo.
“I like Dele Alli, he’s top drawer,” Murphy said on Tuesday’s edition of Sky Sports’ The Debate. “Let’s give Spurs some credit here, they’ve given him a platform every week to progress as a young lad coming out of the lower leagues.
“If he had gone to Liverpool, which he nearly did, I’m not sure he would have played as many games.
“Yeah (credit Pochettino) working with him on the training pitch, the club in terms of going we’re gonna go get him, get him, get a manager who is going to invest in the youngsters and obviously work with him on the training pitch, spot on.
“But Tottenham as a club deserve credit as well, I think he said since he signed the contract hasn’t he, he’s grateful for the platform and the supporters.
“I don’t think there’s another big club in the top-six where he would have played as much as he has.”
A year older than Alli, fellow England international Raheem Sterling made 129 appearances for Liverpool prior to his move to Manchester City in 2015.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold and 21-year-old Joe Gomez have both established themselves as first team regulars under Jurgen Klopp, making 55 and 53 appearances for the club respectively and also cementing their places in Southgate’s England squad in the process.
Source : DailyPost