Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool are planning a swoop for Mk Dons midfielder Dele Alli and manager Brendan Rodgers was personally present to run the rule over the player in their FA Cup clash against Wigan, according to the Daily Mail.

The two teams played out an engaging 3-3 draw at the DW Stadium, taking the game to a replay but Rodgers should be impressed by the 17-year-old who ran the game in the middle of the park.

The League One club will play Crystal palace should they manage to pull an upset over their Championship rivals at home in the reverse fixture.

Rodgers has been heavily investing on youth since his arrival, having already signed Luis Alberto from Sevilla last summer and has Raheem Sterling in his ranks, who is promising to be quite a handful in the days to come.

However, manager Karl Robinson confirmed that he is well acquainted with the Rodgers but has no clue as to why the Reds boss had made the trip down from Merseyside for an FA Cup tie.

"I know Brendan quite well and we speak about different players all the time. I don't know the reason why he was at the game but Dele is special. You will have seen him do some silly things because he is 17 years of age but he produced some bits of magic and you don't see many of them playing in an FA Cup third-round tie against a very good Wigan side and not look out of place," Robinson said.

Liverpool beat Oldham 2-0 on Sunday to make their way into the fourth round, where they will take on Bournemouth. This is Rodgers' best chance for a trophy this season, with the Reds trailing in the race for the top spot by six points to Arsenal, having consecutive games against Manchester City and Chelsea during the festive season.

The former Swansea man will be keenly scouring the market for reinforcements as they look set to preside over their dream of making it to the Champions League.