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Video - Dele Alli's continuing rise must rile Liverpool chiefs

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Dele Alli signs a deal to stay at Spurs until 2021
Dele Alli signs a deal to stay at Spurs until 2021

Deli Alli has put pen to paper on a second Tottenham contract in the last 12 months, with Liverpool fans still fuming that the Premier League's best young player of this season is not on their books.

Alli joined Spurs from MK Dons in January 2015 but spent the remainder of the season on loan, helping the Buckinghamshire club into the Championship division last season.

He made his Premier League debut on the opening day of this season at Manchester United and has since gone on to make 25 Spurs appearances in all competitions.

Having made his England Under-21 debut in September, he capped his meteoric rise by making his first senior appearance in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia the following month.

Liverpool chiefs are believed to have rejected the chance to sign Alli last January, with the £5m asking price being demanded by MK Dons and the insistence that the player needed to be loaned back to them for the second half of last season ending their interest in the player.

It has proved to be a big mistake for the Reds, with Alli emerging as a shining star for Spurs and England in the second half of 2015, with his reward coming in the shape of a bumper new contract.

At the tender age of 19, Alli still has much to prove at the highest level, but Liverpool appear to have missed out on a gem of a player who looks destined to have a bright future in the game.

After spending £32m to sign Christian Benteke and £29m on Roberto Firmino last year, Liverpool may now reflect that the best buy of 2015 may well have been plying his trade in League One.

Maybe this story is a reminder to all clubs that classy talent is available in the lower leagues of English football, if the top clubs can be bothered to give them a chance to shine.