Liverpool are close to agreeing a deal for MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, beating competition from Manchester United and Arsenal, according to ​Liverpool-kop.com.

The 18-year-old has seven goals and three assists in 18 appearances so far this season and his performances have caught the eye of the Premier League’s top clubs.

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Now Brendan Rodgers is thought to have all but wrapped up a £9m deal for the youngster, with them sending him back on loan to the League One club.

If the English youngster does make the move to Anfield, it would deal a blow to Liverpool's rivals with Manchester United and Arsenal, who were both monitoring the player.

The Liverpool boss has already been to watch the starlet play several times and has also been handed a boost by the fact that Alli already supports the Merseyside club.

"I am actually a Liverpool fan and Gerrard is someone I look up to massively. Gerrard was a big influence on why I support Liverpool,” said Alli.

Due to his performances this season, Alli’s manager Karl Robinson has continually praised the work of his gifted midfielder and believes that he is set for great things.

However, despite heaping praise on his player, he feels that they should get a fair return on their young talent should he move on from MK Dons.

"He [Alli] is the most gifted youngster I've ever seen. He's on another planet. He’s a terrific individual, and to be a top player you have to conduct yourself in the right way and he certainly does that,” said Robinson.

"It is about us getting what we deserve. We know his [Alli's] current market value. What we can sell him for could keep our academy going for a long time to come."

The Reds have been known to buy young players in a bid to find the stars of the future and Alli could now prove to be the strong enforcer they need in the middle of their team.

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