Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has revealed Steven Gerrard was his idol as a kid and says only the Liverpool legend could make him star-struck.
The former MK Dons star has taken the Premier League by storm this season contributing seven goals and five assists so far this campaign.
Gerrard, who now plays for MLS side LA Galaxy in America, admitted recently that he was “disappointed” that the Reds missed out on Alli last January.
The 19-year-old has revealed that ex-England international was his hero growing up and reckons Gerrard would be the only person that would still make him star-struck.
He told FourFourTwo: “Steven Gerrard was someone I looked up to massively. I’d always try to copy him, right down to the boots he was wearing. It was his attitude on the pitch that stood out – you could really see how much he hated losing.
“The moment that stands out is the goal against West Ham in the FA Cup final. It was a great moment in a huge game, and a great finish too. It’s one of the first goals I remember seeing.
“I had a picture with him when I was younger, but I’ve never spoken to him. I think he’d probably be the only person that would make me a bit star-struck!”
Alli was called up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the first time in October and Gerrard recently reserved praise for the Three Lions international.
“I was actually disappointed Liverpool didn’t sign him,” Gerrard said while presenting on BT Sport.
“I thought he was certainly a player Liverpool might have tried to go for, especially with me coming toward the end.
“He’s a player I could see playing for Liverpool for 10-15 years, he’s certainly got that ability.”