Thiago Ilori is ready to push for a Liverpool stay this season despite the fact Brendan Rodgers wants him to spend another campaign on loan.
According to the Daily Mirror the Reds youngster, who has spent the past two terms on loan at Grandad and Bordeaux, may yet be farmed out to gain more experience, with his path to the first-team blocked by more established stars.
However, the Portuguese U21 international is firmly of the opinion that he is ready to be considered for Rodgers’ senior squad, and it is his dream to feature for Liverpool in the Premier League.
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"I want to play for Liverpool," he said.
"I joined Liverpool two seasons ago to play for Liverpool. That is my No 1 objective so I'm going to do everything to make that happen.
"Injury wise, I'm now 100 per cent. I chose Liverpool over a few other teams a couple of years ago and it's always been my dream to play in the Premier League.
"To be at a club like this is a dream come true - the next step is playing for it."
Since being purchased from Sporting Lisbon in 2013 - a transfer to the tune of £7m - Ilori has failed to make a single appearance for Liverpool’s first-team, and so naturally he’s become frustrated with the lack of opportunities on Merseyside.
Players in his way
That said standing in his way are the likes of Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure; all individuals with a wealth of experience when it comes to top-flight football.
Indeed it seems as though the lofty expectations placed on Rodgers’ squad this year could conspire to see Ilori once again confined to the periphery of the club, with the Liverpool boss sure to field his strongest team each week in a bid to make the best possible run at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Ready for shot?
Though Ilori may have impressed since arriving at Anfield he remains an untested entity in the Premier League, and being restricted to appearances in the cup is hardly going to aid his development.
With that in mind perhaps another loan-spell is what’s needed to ensure he continues to learn at the fastest possible rate. He might not agree, but Rodgers certainly seems to.
Liverpool fans, should Ilori be given a chance in Rodgers’ first XI this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.